Exploring Substance Use, Mental Health, and Safety Among College Students At Four-Year Public Institutions

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dc.contributor Major, Claire H
dc.contributor Burnham, Joy J
dc.contributor Perez, Ruperto
dc.contributor Traylor, Amy C
dc.contributor.advisor Laanan, Frankie
dc.contributor.author Young, Akeisha
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-23T14:34:49Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-23T14:34:49Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/181540
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003979
dc.identifier.other Young_alatus_0004D_14607
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8211
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Substance use and misuse among college students has presented unique challenges for institutions of higher education. As such, this three-article dissertation sought to examine and explore antecedent factors, such as student demographics, protective behavior strategies, mental health, academic performance, and how they interact with alcohol consumption, including heavy episodic drinking. Using the 2015 – 2019 American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) data cohorts, the first article examined the factor structure of the items assessing protective behavioral strategies and mental health through exploratory factor analysis using principle component analysis. Building upon the first article, the second article used the factor solution found in the previous article to include in structural equation model analyses to assess the indirect and direct effects of the predictor variables of interest on academic performance. Moving from the empirical articles, the third article focused on a higher education practitioner’s perspective of the current status of collegiate recovery centers and how results from analyses in the previous two articles inform how higher education professionals and administrators should combat the increasingly alarming issues with substance use prevalent among college students. This three-article dissertation concluded with discussions on future directions for research as well as implications and recommendations for practitioners and policy in institutions of higher education.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject Academic Performance en_US
dc.subject Emerging Adulthood en_US
dc.subject Heavy Episodic Drinking en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Protective Strategies en_US
dc.subject Substance Use en_US
dc.title Exploring Substance Use, Mental Health, and Safety Among College Students At Four-Year Public Institutions en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Higher education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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