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J Am Coll Health. 2009 Nov-Dec;58(3):241-6. doi: 10.1080/07448480903295359.

The impact of living in co-ed resident halls on risk-taking among college students.

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School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. brian.willoughby@byu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Although previous research has suggested that college housing impacts student behavior and outcomes, recent research linking college housing to risk-taking has been limited. In this study, we investigate if patterns of risk behavior differ based on the type of college housing environment students reside in.

PARTICIPANTS:

This study utilizes 510 college students living in on-campus college housing.

METHODS:

Students were recruited from 5 college sites across the United States. Participants responded to survey items online that measured current risk-taking behaviors such as binge drinking and sexual activity.

RESULTS:

After controlling for an assortment of demographic and psychological variables, results indicated that students living in co-ed housing were more likely than students living in gender-specific housing to binge drink and consume alcohol, have more permissive sexual attitudes, and have more recent sexual partners.

CONCLUSIONS:

On-campus housing environments impact college student risk behaviors. Implications are discussed in light of the decline of in loco parentis on most college campuses.

PMID:
19959438
DOI:
10.1080/07448480903295359
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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