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

dc.contributorMajor, Claire H
dc.contributorBurnham, Joy J
dc.contributorPerez, Ruperto
dc.contributorTraylor, Amy C
dc.contributor.advisorLaanan, Frankie
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Akeisha
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-23T14:34:49Z
dc.date.available2021-11-23T14:34:49Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractSubstance 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.en_US
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dc.identifier.otherhttp://purl.lib.ua.edu/181540
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0003979
dc.identifier.otherYoung_alatus_0004D_14607
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8211
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectAcademic Performance
dc.subjectEmerging Adulthood
dc.subjectHeavy Episodic Drinking
dc.subjectMental Health
dc.subjectProtective Strategies
dc.subjectSubstance Use
dc.titleExploring Substance Use, Mental Health, and Safety Among College Students At Four-Year Public Institutionsen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.disciplineHigher education
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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