Maria Niitepold, Psy.D., is a 2023 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England
- Karen Meteyer, PhD, Committee Chair
- Katherine Evarts, PsyD, Committee Member
- Barbara Belcher-Timme, PsyD, Committee Member
college students, binge drinking, fraternity, sorority, PBS, protective behavioral strategies
One of the most problematic habits of college students, binge drinking, has been of particular interest among researchers as a result of the increased risk of harm experienced by students engaging in this high-risk behavior. Fraternity and sorority students have also come under scrutiny for habitually engaging in binge drinking and experiencing significant levels of negative consequences as a result. Little is currently understood about the differences between Protective Behavioral Strategy (PBS) use of Greek and non-Greek students. The aim of this study was to examine the differences in rates of binge drinking and PBS use among Greek and non-Greek students. This study also examined which PBS were used more frequently among fraternity, sorority, and non-Greek students. Results indicated that Greek students engaged in higher rates of binge drinking and utilized PBS at greater rates than their non-Greek peers. Male Greeks favored PBS such as drinking with friends, watching out for friends who have drank too much, using a designated driver, and eating a meal before drinking. Female Greeks favored similar PBS with the exclusion of eating a meal before consuming alcohol. These findings may help inform Greek-specific interventions to educate and help reduce risk of harm due to alcohol consumption on college campuses.
Niitepold, M. (2023). Binge Drinking and Protective Behavioral Strategies among Greek and Non-Greek College Students. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/927