Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jonathon A. Cooper, Ph.D.
John A. Lewis, Ph.D.
Erika Frenzel, Ph.D.
Previous studies have suggested that deterrence-based strategies have little impact on underage drinking for college-aged adults. In addition, criminology, education, and nursing majors have been posited to consume more alcohol than others. Using survey questionnaire data from a sample of 233 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students, this study examined the predictive ability of low self-control and general strain theory on underage alcohol use.
The collected data was used to evaluate the following hypotheses:
Hypothesis #1: Criminology majors underage drink due to high levels of low self-control.
Hypothesis #2: Education and nursing majors consume alcohol, while underage, as a response to strain generated from school requirements.
The desire for physical activities is a significant predictor for why criminology majors underage drink. Strain related to a rigorous curriculum is a significant predictor for why education and nursing majors underage drink. Implications are offered in chapter six.
Kijowski, Matthew C., "College Underage Drinking: A Test of Low Self-Control and Strain Theories" (2017). Theses and Dissertations (All). 1467.