Student Research Projects

An Exploratory Study of Drinking in Relation to Stress and Personality on a College Campus

Student Cheyenne N. Kotary, '16
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Psychology
Course Psychology 480: Originial Research Project

Abstract

Within the last several years, the amount of drinking that college students engage in has increased. In this present study, a survey was used to identify the correlations between one drinking behavior, stress and one’s personality. This studies sample consisted of 74 college participants (14 males and 59 females), who completed 3 different scales that include: The College Stress Scale, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire scale, and lastly the Student Alcohol Questionnaire. This study examined how all three variables were related and found that they did not correlate with each other, but I did find that neuroticism is related to having high levels of stress. Students also did not score well on the test of knowledge about alcohol, suggesting that students should receive additional education about alcohol, perhaps during orientation.