Binge Drinking Among College Students in Relation to Depression, Experienced Homelessness, and Parental/Guardian Relationships

Samyra Leonard Valparaiso University, Daniela Trajceski Valparaiso University, Denise Arce Valparaiso University, Meredith O'Connor Valparaiso University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Matthew Ringenberg Valparaiso University
Like many universities, binge or heavy drinking among students is prevalent. Researchers have placed the most common reasons why college students engage in binge drinking into three categories: drinking to induce positive mood, to be more outgoing, and to avoid negative emotions. Many studies have found that college students engage in binge drinking typically to enhance their mood, but there have been mixed results about which factors are most strongly correlated to heavy drinking behavior. This study explores the effects of binge drinking in college students as it relates to experienced homelessness, depression, and parental/guardian relationships. We administered our survey to Valparaiso University undergraduate students both online and in-person using questions from the Student Alcohol Questionnaire (SAQ), the Parent Adult Child Relationship Questionnaire (PACQ), and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). We analyzed our data using SPSS and used a Correlation to compare each independent variable to binge drinking. We hypothesized that students who have a history of depression, have experienced homelessness, and/or have a negative relationship with one or both of their parents/guardians, will report engaging in binge drinking at higher rates than their peers. There has been a gap in the research that explores the effects of experienced homeless and negative parental/guardian relationships on heavy drinking in college students, and our study will help to identify the relationship between these variables and binge drinking.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Jordan Hall 203