Navigation Links
Coed college housing connected to frequent binge drinking
Date:11/17/2009

A new study in the Journal of American College Health finds that students placed by their universities in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to binge drink each week than students placed in all-male or all-female housing.

More than 500 students from five college campuses around the country participated in the study:

  • 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis.

  • 18 percent of students in gender-specific housing reported binge drinking weekly.

While that doesn't put coed housing on par with fraternity and sorority houses, the researchers note that binge drinking isn't exclusively a "Greek problem."

"In a time when college administrators and counselors pay a lot of attention to alcohol-related problems on their campuses, this is a call to more fully examine the influence of housing environment on student behavior," said Jason Carroll, a study coauthor and professor of family life at Brigham Young University. BYU was not one of the participating campuses.

Carroll's former student Brian Willoughby is the lead author of the study, which will be published Nov. 17. Willoughby recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and returned to BYU as a visiting professor.

In light of the finding, the natural question is whether a selection effect is in play. For example, do partiers and teetotalers sort themselves out in the housing application process?

That doesn't appear to be the case, the researchers say. College housing offices generally assume students prefer coed housing and give them the option to "opt out" if single-gender housing is available. Very few exercise that option.

"Most of the students who live in gender-specific housing did not request to be there; they were placed there by the university," Willoughby said.

A wealth of information on the study participants allowed the researchers to examine other factors that predict binge drinking. Their statistical analysis took into account the effects of age, gender, religiosity, personality and relationship status.

"When we first identified these differences with binge drinking, we felt certain that they would be explained by selection effects," Willoughby said. "But as we examined the data further we found that the differences remained."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found students in coed dorms were significantly more likely to have had multiple sexual partners in the past year. Pornography use was also higher among students in coed dorms.

The participating campuses included two public universities in the Midwest and another on the West Coast, as well as a liberal arts college and a religious university on the East Coast.

Earlier this year, Willoughby and Carroll published work showing that more than 90 percent of college housing in the United States is coed.


'/>"/>

Contact: Joe Hadfield
joe_hadfield@byu.edu
801-422-9206
Brigham Young University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Prism and Medical College of Wisconsin investigators receive $1.6 million NIH grant to develop advanced medical imaging tools
2. Surrey College Students Collect Clothing for Women and Children
3. Okuma America Corporation & Hartwig, Inc. to Provide Machines to Davis Applied Technology College for Machine Tool Technology Program
4. College Invites Public to Explore Career Options in Health Care
5. PRSA Inducts Head of Public Relations for Kaiser Permanente Into the College of Fellows for Contributions to the Profession and Lifetime Achievement
6. New Web Site on Varicose Veins is Launched by AngioDynamics at American College of Phlebology Congress
7. College Middle Line Backer Treated for Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome at Baptist Cardiovascular Services
8. Meharry Medical College Receives $21.4 Million NIH Research Grant, Largest in Its History
9. World's Largest Resource for and about Chiropractors, 123Chiropractors.com, Donates $15,000 to Life Chiropractic College West
10. Cardinal Health Foundation, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Join Forces to Prevent Prescription Medication Abuse
11. Pendleton by Jill Rappaport Launches In Store; Raises Funds for Animal Health and Wellness and Indian College Fund
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... American Farmer, will feature Chr. Hansen, Inc ... to air fourth quarter 2017. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. Check ... founded Chr. Hansen in Denmark in 1874 after a groundbreaking discovery of how to ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Radabaugh & Associates, a locally owned firm ... in North Central West Virginia, is embarking on a cooperative charity drive with ... the region. , The Stepping Stones organization offers a series of personal development ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... California (PRWEB) , ... June 22, 2017 , ... Groove ... spread the word about their high performance silicon wedding bands and all-purpose rings. Whether ... are the active, silicone rings designed just for you. , From the rock face ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... Angeles, California (PRWEB) , ... June 22, 2017 , ... ... therapist Nira Rittenberg to a correspondent concerned about an apparent lack of oral hygiene ... Rittenberg, who specializes in geriatrics and dementia-related matters, suggests a number of steps, including ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... New York City (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... After months of negotiations, ... the QVC Network on Wednesday, June 21. , “Introducing our product on QVC ... opportunity for us to promote our travel pillow to more than 90 million homes in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/10/2017)... K. Burchfield, DPM, is recognized by Continental Who,s Who as a ... Alabama . Dr. Burchfield serves as ... over 20 years of experience, as well as expertise in the ... "The podiatry professional ... to welcome you to his practice," the company,s website states. "We ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... 8, 2017  StatLab Medical Products ("StatLab" ... manufacturer of diagnostic supplies for the anatomic ... & Company LP ("Cressey & Company"), a ... growth-focused investment in the Company. Cressey & ... from selling shareholder, Prairie Capital, L.P., with ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... Kohll,s Pharmacy & Homecare is the first distributor of ... . The Raizer is a simple battery operated mobile ... an almost-standing position within a few minutes. The ... and does not require any extra effort besides a ... can operate it, and lightweight and portable so ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: