Title

College Students’ Alcohol-Related Problems: A Test of Competing Theories

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2008

Publication Source

Journal of Criminal Justice

Abstract

This study examined binge drinking, drinking-driving, and other negative behaviors among college students. Specifically, this study tested the explanatory power of three criminological theories: self-control, social bonds, and routine activities. Data used in this research were collected from a survey of 558 students in a state university. Findings indicated that college students with low self-control were significantly more likely to engage in binge drinking, drinking-driving, and negative behaviors. Students who rarely participated in university-organized events or frequently attended parties were more likely to have problems of binge drinking, drinking-driving, and negative behaviors. Several control variables, such as gender and location of residence, were also predictive of alcohol-related problems among college students. Implications for future research are discussed.

Inclusive pages

554–562

ISBN/ISSN

0047-2352

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

36

Issue

6

Peer Reviewed

yes