Title

Evaluating the acceptability of GAMMA among Greek-affiliated students

Presenter Information

Samantha Kempker

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Psychology

Research Advisor

Henslee, Amber M.

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Funding Source

Missouri S& T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) program at Missouri S&T. GAMMA is a Greek-affiliated student led organization that sponsors intervention strategies to increase Greek-affiliated students' responsible alcohol-related behavior. Student opinions of GAMMA and their alcohol-related behaviors will be investigated via a two-part survey. For students who attended GAMMA events, we hypothesize that students' acceptance of GAMMA will negatively correlate with drinks per day and alcohol-related problems and positively correlate with the use of protective behavioral strategies, as compared to students who do not attend GAMMA. We hypothesize that Greek-affiliated students will find GAMMA to be a more acceptable alcohol program as compared to non-GAMMA programs. The results of this study will help inform campus prevention strategies at S& T, in particular those specific to Greek-affiliated students.

Biography

Samantha was born in the small town of Taos, MO. She grew up loving anything involving the outdoors and continues to love hunting, camping, and driving her four-wheeler. In high school, Samantha's school counselor instilled in her a love for psychology and she is now a junior psychology major at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. After graduating, Samantha intends to obtain her PhD in clinical psychology.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social sciences poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Evaluating the acceptability of GAMMA among Greek-affiliated students

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) program at Missouri S&T. GAMMA is a Greek-affiliated student led organization that sponsors intervention strategies to increase Greek-affiliated students' responsible alcohol-related behavior. Student opinions of GAMMA and their alcohol-related behaviors will be investigated via a two-part survey. For students who attended GAMMA events, we hypothesize that students' acceptance of GAMMA will negatively correlate with drinks per day and alcohol-related problems and positively correlate with the use of protective behavioral strategies, as compared to students who do not attend GAMMA. We hypothesize that Greek-affiliated students will find GAMMA to be a more acceptable alcohol program as compared to non-GAMMA programs. The results of this study will help inform campus prevention strategies at S& T, in particular those specific to Greek-affiliated students.