College Risk Behaviors Study
Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator
Roberta E. Gealt, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director
Daniel J. O’Connell, Co-Principal Investigator
Whitney D. Gunter, Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Delaware Gambling Council
This was a study of full-time undergraduate students at the University of Delaware Newark campus. The online survey instrument used in the study asked students about various topics. Following a lapse in measuring alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use since the termination of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) College Alcohol Survey in 2004, it was the first in four years to ask the general UD population about these behaviors. It also asked about related antecedents and consequences, such as depression and suicidal thoughts and actions. Additional topics on the survey included gambling, deviance/crimes, digital piracy, and victimization. As such, this project has provided valuable information about the UD student population and their attitudes and behaviors. This study also included a longitudinal element which seeks to measure the extent to which students’ opinions, thoughts, and behaviors have changed during the year following the original study.