202657 Needs Assessment for Alcohol-Related Risk Behavior among Virginia College Students

Monday, November 9, 2009

Theresa M. Enyeart Smith, PhD, CHES , Dept. of Health Sciences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Maria T. Wessel, EdD, CHES , James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
This project presents the results of a needs assessment for alcohol-related risk behaviors among students at three universities in Virginia. The National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) was administered in two consecutive years to a total sample of 1314 students who were enrolled in personal health or wellness classes at each school. Of the six categories analyzed in the survey this study focused on alcohol-related risk behaviors.

Results from the NCHRBS indicated that 70% of all students surveyed reported binge drinking at least once a month, with 36.9% of students who reported binge drinking between six and thirty days per month, 39.1% had ridden with a driver who had been drinking and 25.4% had driven after they had been drinking. Chi-Square analyses indicated significant differences between the schools for age of onset of drinking alcohol and specific numbers of days binge drinking. To further study the alcohol-related risk behaviors at the three schools, prevention resources, including programs, personnel and services were compiled. Key informant data from three different faculty or staff at each school was obtained through interviews. The key informants were surveyed on perception of problems, adequacy of resources and solutions to reduce risky behaviors. The quantitative and qualitative results were useful to understand the complexities of alcohol-related risk behaviors. Considering the similarities among the student population at each university, it is hoped these results will help foster collaboration among the three universities to enhance best practices for alcohol-related prevention.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing the poster/presentation the audience will be able to: Identify alcohol-related risk behaviors among a sample of college students Identify risk behaviors that are similar and dissimilar between universities and demographic variables Understand the prevention efforts at each school including programs, resources and services available Summarize key informant data on perceptions of alcohol-related risk behaviors among their students and suggestions for prevention Recognize the importance of identifying behavioral risk factors in order to effectively plan health promotion, health education and the provision of health services to college students related to alcohol-related risk behaviors.

Keywords: Alcohol, Risk Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a doctorate in health education / promotion, am an assistant professor in Health Sciences, and have been researching this area for the past 5 years. I have also published two articles discussing health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.