"I Got Your Back": Friends' Understandings Regarding College Student Spring Break Behavior

Megan E. Patrick, Nicole Morgan, Jennifer L. Maggs, Eva S. Lefkowitz

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Abstract

Behaviors that pose threats to safety and health, including binge drinking and unprotected sex, increase during a week-long break from university. Understandings with peers regarding these behaviors may be important for predicting behavior and related harms. College students (N = 651; 48% men) reported having understandings with their friends regarding alcohol use (59%) and sexual behavior (45%) during Spring Break. These understandings were to engage in behaviors characterized by risk (e.g., get drunk [23.5%], have sex with someone new [5.2%]) and protection (e.g., drink without getting drunk [17.8%], use condoms [15.8%]). After controlling for previous semester behavior and going on a Spring Break trip, Get Drunk Understandings predicted a greater likelihood of binge drinking and alcohol-related consequences; No/Safe Sex Understandings predicted condom use; and Sex Understandings predicted not using condoms. Understandings with friends regarding Spring Break behavior may be important proximal predictors of risk behaviors and represent potential targets for event-specific prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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"I Got Your Back" : Friends' Understandings Regarding College Student Spring Break Behavior. / Patrick, Megan E.; Morgan, Nicole; Maggs, Jennifer L.; Lefkowitz, Eva S.

In: Journal of youth and adolescence, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.01.2011, p. 108-120.

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