Date Approved

5-7-2009

Embargo Period

3-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Alcoholism counseling--New Jersey; College students--Alcohol use--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the impact that Rowan University's Alcohol & Other Drug program had on the behaviors, dispositions and attitudes of students responsible for violating the institution's alcohol policy. The study focused on the changes among students that attended the new program, instituted in the Spring 2008 semester, during the 2008-2009 academic year. Data on the behaviors, dispositions and attitudes were collected using a pre and post-test instrument, which consisted of 53 questions composed in both close-ended and Likert form. Data analysis suggests that the most significant changes among students were behavioral in nature. Students reported a significant change in their decision making while intoxicated, specifically regarding their involvement in unlikely sexual encounters and participation in physical altercations. Additionally, students reported a change in dispositional factors including a decrease in their approval of drinking for the sole purpose of intoxication and their intent to knowingly violate Rowan University's alcohol policy simply because they thought they could get away with the violation. In regards to the students' intent to change their alcohol-related behavior, there appeared to be minimal statistical significance.

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