Do coaches make a difference off the field? the examination of athletic coach influence on early college student drinking

Nadine R. Mastroleo, Miesha Marzell, Rob Turrisi, Brian Borsari

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Coaches can exert a considerable influence on the lives of their athletes. However, little is known about the influence of athletic coaches on athlete drinking behaviors. This study extends research on drinking influences in student-athletes. The relationship between athletic coaches and athlete drinking behaviors were examined. First-year college students (N=362) who had played high school sports were assessed on their relationships with their coaches as well as their alcohol use and problems. Findings revealed significant associations among the approval of and relationship with their athletic coaches and student drinking behaviors. These findings are discussed in the context of involving coaches in comprehensive strategies to reduce athlete drinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalAddiction Research and Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012


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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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