An examination of depressive symptoms and drinking patterns in first year college students

Irene Markman Geisner, Kimberly Mallett, Jason R. Kilmer

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Abstract

Depression and alcohol use are often found in college students, particularly during their first year. The current study assessed the interrelationship of alcohol use and specific depression symptoms. A large sample (n 869) of first year students were invited to participate via the Internet. Results indicated that specific depression symptoms correlated with alcohol consumption. Self-reported heavy, problem drinkers experienced significantly higher Beck Depression Inventory scores than all other groups. Our findings highlight the importance of screening for both alcohol use and depressed mood in college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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