25. Studying Abroad Risk Perceptions and Behaviors of UIndy Students

Sara Panczyk University of Indianapolis, Rilyn Rusher University of Indianapolis, Megan Standish University of Indianapolis
Faculty Sponsor(s): Amie Wojtyna University of Indianapolis
Every year, more college students are broadening their academic horizons by studying abroad worldwide. In accordance with this trend, students are more susceptible to risks involving their health and well-being. The objective of the current study will be to assess awareness of health risks of traveling abroad and influences in behavior in a sample of University of Indianapolis (UIndy) study abroad students. The sample will include students who are or were a part of the UIndy study abroad program. An online questionnaire will be distributed to students who are in one of the following three phases: planning to study abroad, currently studying abroad, and completion of a study abroad experience. The questionnaire will be an anonymously distributed through Qualtrics and involve questions regarding the student’s demographics, risk perceptions, and travel threats. The data will be collected over a week and a half in late February. Data analysis will be completed using IBM-SPSS v.25 software. The hypothesis for this study is there is no association between student risk perceptions and behaviors while studying abroad. This study will examine identified risk behaviors for each country that the students list as their travel destination. Some of these variables include travel required vaccinations, food/water safety, sun exposure, malaria-risk exposure, and prevalence of crime. The results of this project will help target educational opportunities for UIndy students prior to studying abroad regarding safety and health information.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level