Binge drinking and casual sex on spring break

Sevil Sönmez, Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Chong Ho Yu, Shiyi Yang, Anna Mattila, Lucy C. Yu

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College students' health-risk behaviors on spring break were examined via pre- and post-surveys. Over one-half reported getting drunk on the previous vacation and stated intentions to do so again. Personal normative beliefs and situational expectations emerged as strong predictors of intentions to binge and pacts of actual bingeing. Intentions for casual sex were predicted by attitudes, personal normative beliefs, situational expectations, and pacts, whereas engagement in casual sex was predicted by intentions for and prior experience with it. The majority of students reported rarely/never using condoms during spring break. They appear to participate in riskier behaviors in the spring break environment than at home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)895-917
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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