Date Approved

5-4-2004

Embargo Period

5-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

College athletes--Mental health--United States; College students--Alcohol use--United States; Stress management; Women athletes--Mental health--United States

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to investigate the relationship between the amounts of stress female student athletes experience with the amount of alcohol they consume at the collegiate level. It was hypothesized that the more stress a student athlete experiences the more likely she is to consume alcohol. Thirty-five female student athletes from the east coast of the United States filled out surveys assessing the amount of stress experienced and the amount of alcohol consumed, and proved the proposed hypothesis to be false. The Pearson Correlation Analysis was used and found that there was no significant relationship between stress and alcohol consumption among female student athletes at the .01 level. There may have been other extraneous variables that were not considered or controlled for during the collection of data. A one way ANOVA was also conducted to examine any patterns among the type of sport played, Division played, and year in school in regards to stress experienced and alcohol consumption. Results showed a significant difference between lacrosse players and golf players and stress, and between Divisions and stress. Implications for future research and alternative directions for research are discussed.

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