Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog 14

"The Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory and Application." Stress-related Alcohol Use Leads to Problem Drinking 18.7 (99). - Wiley Online Library. Web. 21 Apr. 2012. <>.

This article is written by a group of authors from the Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory and Application.  The authors who are unlisted draw a correlation between increase drinking after graduating college and the use of drinking as a coping mechanism while in college.  Through their research they discovered that there was indeed a correlation between students who used drinking as a means to cope and the increased use of drinking and problems related to drinking after they had graduated.  In ebscohost the authors are unlisted so i assume it is from a large group of people operating under Brown University.  Basically the entire article pertains to my thesis paper but what struct a chord with me was the conclusion at the end of the paper which sums my paper up in a matter of sentences "As college students make the transition to post-college life, social motivations for drinking tend to drop away and a reduction in alcohol consumption occurs.However, those who drank to cope with stress are more likely than those who drank socially to continue to drink heavily and to experience negative consequences of alcohol consumption."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blog 12


The article is about the effects of stress on student and more exclusively the impact the current economic down turn has on students coupled with their already prevalent academic stressors. I could not find any information on the authors on GOOGLE but on the actual article they are stated as being doctors in their respective field which is the field of psychology and special services and they are based out of The University of El Paso Texas. “Economic stress has shadowed the already stressful college life and it adds on economic-induced stressors that require college students to use more coping energy”(541) This quote highlights the fact that economic stressors have an impact of college students and create problems because they have to cope with this stress as well as other stressors in college. “Senior college students face approaching graduation date and soon entry to job market. They are deeply influenced by the economic stress.” The most stressful situation in terms of the economic stressors is in students final year because they are entering this unstable job market and are faced with the facts that they may not be able to pay back th loans they have taken out. “The only exception is that freshmen reported higher economic stress than sophomores did. A possible explanation is that freshmen perceive a higher economic stress partially due to the transition from high school to college, while sophomores may have adjusted to college life and are less sensitive to economic and financial stability.”(540) This quote shows a finding that will have a strong presence in m paper because it deals with the fact that freshman year of college is an extremely stressful time because students have just taken on such a large financial burden accompanied by the fact that they have no acclimated to college yet.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Ham, Lindsay S. "Positive Social Alcohol Outcome Expectancies, Social Anxiety, and Hazardous Drinking." Cognitive Therapy & Research 33 (2009): 615-23. Print.

This research article discuses the correlation between college drinking and the prevalence of social disorders. The article does not speak of sever social disorders but rather social disorders that are found quite often throughout the college population. The article also draws correlations between the increase or severity of social disorders and the increase in alcohol consumption. The students are using alcohol to sooth social situations. While this is no in direct opposition to my paper it shows the social aspect of drinking and draws correlations to the social situations present in college and the increase in drinking. I choose this article because when dealing with a something like alcohol abuse it is hard to find a source that will tell you in is a good thing. So I chose the article that had no relation to the presence of stress in college academia and the increase in drinking. The author is a well know doctor in the field of psychology. This publication was her dissertation she submitted in order to obtain her doctoral degree from the university of Nebraska.

Blog 10

My case is that the stressors faced within the first years of college including but not limited to heavy academic work load, change of living environment, a job or volunteer work and competition among students pertaining to grades cause a high level of stress which can lead to mental health problems and ultimately the increase in frequency and volume of drinking and drug use on college campuses. In the world of privatization so much emphasis is placed on education and grades there has been a shift from college as a life experience and a place where students would “find themselves” to a quick vocationally based training program. Privatization also creates financial strain for the lower income students who often have to a work a full time job to put themselves through school. Alcohol and drugs are well known to be a coping mechanism and i believe students are using them to an excess in order to cope with the stress of the college life of the new millennium

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog 9

This table shows the direct correlation between the five main type of drug use and the level of depression the person is feeling. As we can see from the graph the use of drugs greatly increase the level of depression in each circumstance

Blog 8

Lindsey, Billie J., Patricia Fabino, and Chris Stark. "THE PREVALENCE AND CORRELATES OF DEPRESSION AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS." College Student Journa 43.4 (2009): 999-1014. Print

This study showed the percentage of college student that were clinically depressed as well as the possible factors as to why they were depress. Students who felt financial stress while in school were significantly more depressed as well as students who worked or volunteered. There was also a correlation between a students sexual orientation and their level of depression. But the part of this article that supports my paper is one where the researchers draw a correlation between the use of cigarettes, marijuana, and cocaine among cynically depressed students. While they didn’t not draw a conclusion between alcohol use they states that the possibility of a correlation between the two could existed but is diluted by the extensive drink on college campuses.Students who worked and volunteered more hours reported feeling depressed more than students who worked and volunteered few or no hours. This finding warrants careful consideration of the impact of the current trend toward requiring more service learning in the college curricula.”(Billie, 1010) this quote strengthens my argument in part because my thoughts on college depression is that there is a strong correlation to outside stressors and the change of environment and a student being on their own for the first time in their life. “On the other hand, our study, like others, did find a correlation between depression and cigarette, marijuana, and cocaine use. The fact that use of these drugs is common among depressed students should alert medical and counseling staff to explore the possibility of depression with students who smoke and use other drugs.” (Billie, 1009) This quotation draws a correlation between depressed students and illicit drug use. This is the other half of my argument. That by being stressed by these circumstances of being on one’s own and having the pressure of college creates a higher tendency of drug use and abuse. “Students who identified as gay, lesbian, trans-gender, bisexual, or unsure were more than twice as likely to report depression than heterosexual students.” . Billie, 1011) lastly this quote also shows that he outside stressors of college and the need to be socially accepted also cause depression among college students which ultimately can lead to a higher rate of drug use among students.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blog 7

Works Cited

Niebling, Ross,, and Ross,. "Sources of Stress among College Students." College Student Journal 33 (1999): 312-18. Print.

The reading is about the causes of stress among college aged students. It is based off a survey conducted called the SSS or Student Stress Survey. It shows the correlation between the stress of college and its effects on students.

The three authors have their PhDs in fields relating to th topic and have conduced other such surveys dealing with stress and the conditions which cause stress.

One key concept is that students who live on campus at college have a dramicatly different structure to their daily activities and life. This leads to students have higher levels of stress than their nonstudent counterparts. The other key concept is the difference between various types of stress. Certain types of stress can be motivational and actually help a student but other are detrimental and have a negative impact on the student’s life.

This material helps me explore my argument because it is the very essence of my argument or conversation. I am dealing with stress in a college environment and the correlation to drinking. To draw the correlation between the two subject I must first find out if students experience more stress than other cohorts and secondly I must research information on stress and drinking. Once I have completed research in both field I can then draw the correlation between the two entities.