Title

Drinking and Sex Motives during Spring Break

Presenter Information

Sara Johnson

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Psychological Science

Research Advisor

Henslee, Amber M.

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Abstract

Undergraduate alcohol use and related consequences vary during events such as Spring Break (SB) (Neighbors et al., 2007). Students who vacation with friends drink more alcohol compared to students that travel with their parents or stay home (Grekin et al., 2007). Greek members are an at-risk group for heavy drinking, which is associated with sexual behaviors and related consequences. Despite the research documenting risky drinking in fraternities or sororities (Caudill et al., 2006), no studies have specifically investigated SB drinking and sex behaviors among Greeks. We investigated Greek vs non-Greek drinking and sex behaviors and motives during SB. Data suggest drinking and sexual motives differed for daily life compared to SB among Greeks (N=106). Specifically, Greek students demonstrated higher drinking motives for daily life and SB whereas non-Greek members reported higher sexual motives for SB. These data could inform efforts targeted at reducing risky behaviors among Greeks during SB.

Biography

Sara Johnson is a graduating senior in the Pyschological Science department. Upon graduation, she will be attending graduate school to study Clinical Psychology.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social science poster session, Third place

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Drinking and Sex Motives during Spring Break

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Undergraduate alcohol use and related consequences vary during events such as Spring Break (SB) (Neighbors et al., 2007). Students who vacation with friends drink more alcohol compared to students that travel with their parents or stay home (Grekin et al., 2007). Greek members are an at-risk group for heavy drinking, which is associated with sexual behaviors and related consequences. Despite the research documenting risky drinking in fraternities or sororities (Caudill et al., 2006), no studies have specifically investigated SB drinking and sex behaviors among Greeks. We investigated Greek vs non-Greek drinking and sex behaviors and motives during SB. Data suggest drinking and sexual motives differed for daily life compared to SB among Greeks (N=106). Specifically, Greek students demonstrated higher drinking motives for daily life and SB whereas non-Greek members reported higher sexual motives for SB. These data could inform efforts targeted at reducing risky behaviors among Greeks during SB.