Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Health and Nutritional Sciences
The purpose of the study was to examine specific factors influencing alcohol use by college student-athletes. Student-athletes have been identified as a group more prone to using and misusing alcohol than non-athletes. A survey was completed by 166 student-athletes of nine randomly selected institutions within the Upper Midwest. Participants were female and male, age 18 and older, and mainly of Caucasian ethnicity. A Chi-square test was utilized to determine if significant relationships existed among specific factors and alcohol use. Additionally, the statistical tests Kramer's V and Phi were used to examine the strength of significant relationships. Findings suggest alcohol use was dependent among type of sport (specific sports) played by student-athletes and sport types (individual or team). With limited research focusing on specific factors contributing to alcohol use, future research should focus on: surveying student-athletes at the national level, examining specific sports and sport types, observing group dynamics of teams and studying alcohol use among wet and dry college campuses.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
College athletes -- Alcohol use
Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-66)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Gertken, Nicole A., "Factors that Influence Alcohol Use by College Athletes" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2326.