College Deviance and Deterrence Factors in Relation to Drinking Behaviors

Anthony Harper, Gonzaga University

Abstract

This study examines how deterrent factors, such as alcohol policy and administration’s attempts to verbally curtail drinking, effect student drinking on college campuses. Past research in this field suggests the increased likelihood of getting caught actually lowers the amount of alcohol consumed by some students (Erickson 1976; Rubington 1993; Weschler et al. 2002). From this I hypothesize higher levels of fear of being caught, limit the likelihood to drink. I also test the hypothesis that people who believe the alcohol policy is fair still agree attempts to curtail drinking actually increase it. Initial results demonstrate 60% of Gonzaga Students view the alcohol policy as fair, with 50% believing the policy is just for show. Another key finding, 80% of Gonzaga Students think University officials should focus on limiting risky behavior associated with drinking rather than stop drinking altogether. A deeper analysis of the results will be presented at the conference.

 
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College Deviance and Deterrence Factors in Relation to Drinking Behaviors

Weyerhaeuser 305

This study examines how deterrent factors, such as alcohol policy and administration’s attempts to verbally curtail drinking, effect student drinking on college campuses. Past research in this field suggests the increased likelihood of getting caught actually lowers the amount of alcohol consumed by some students (Erickson 1976; Rubington 1993; Weschler et al. 2002). From this I hypothesize higher levels of fear of being caught, limit the likelihood to drink. I also test the hypothesis that people who believe the alcohol policy is fair still agree attempts to curtail drinking actually increase it. Initial results demonstrate 60% of Gonzaga Students view the alcohol policy as fair, with 50% believing the policy is just for show. Another key finding, 80% of Gonzaga Students think University officials should focus on limiting risky behavior associated with drinking rather than stop drinking altogether. A deeper analysis of the results will be presented at the conference.