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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Gloria Craig


college student health risk assessment, risk-taking in adolescence, internet, cell phones, text messages, interpersonal relations in adolescence


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of Internet use, cellular telephone use, and risk behaviors by college students. The introduction of the Internet and cellular telephones to the social context of adolescents has changed how they form relationships and define the variables of time and place. Thombs and Beck's 1993 Social Context Model applied to college age drinking shows a reciprocal relationship between the cognitive, behavioral, and environmental variables. The methodology was a descriptive study survey design of college students and choices. The study provides knowledge of new social normative behavior of college students that can be used for future nursing research.

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