Alcohol Involvement and Participation in Residential Learning Communities Among First-Year College Students *.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2007, Sept, 68, 5
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
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ALCOHOL MISUSE IS ONE OF THE LARGEST public health concerns on American college campuses (Hingson et al., 2002, 2005; Perkins, 2002) and research reveals that differences in collegiate living environments are associated with differences in heavy drinking and alcohol-related consequences (Bachman et al., 1997, 2002; Presley et al., 1996; Wechsler et al., 2001). For example, students living in fraternity houses tend to have higher drinking rates (Larimer et al., 2000; Lo and Globetti, 1995) than their peers not residing in fraternity houses. By contrast, living in substance-free residence halls or with parents is associated with notably less heavy drinking (Bachman et al., 1997, 2002; Gfroerer et al., 1997; Wechsler et al., 2001). Despite these differences, previous studies have not examined the potential protective influences of co-curricular living arrangements such as residential learning communities (RLCs). RLCs have been implemented on college campuses, especially large institutions, to enhance the connections between formal learning opportunities and students' living environments (Brower and Dettinger, 1998). RLCs are presumed to influence undergraduate student behaviors by changing environmental conditions such as interactions with faculty and structured activities (Inkelas et al., 2007), particularly among first- and second-year college students. Past research has revealed that students living in RLCs are significantly more likely to stay in school after their first year than students living in traditional residence halls (Pascarella and Terenzini, 1981; Stassen, 2003). Several researchers also have reported that students participating in RLCs become more involved in a range of academic and social activities (e.g., Inkelas, 1999; Inkelas and Weisman, 2003).
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- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: 01 September 2007
- Publisher: Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc.
- Print Length: 14 Pages
- Language: English