College drinking has been the focus of numerous studies and public scrutiny in recent years (Associated Press, 2004; Core Institute,2003; Harvard School of Public Health, 2002; O'Hare,1997). Alcohol abuse is associated with psychological problems (e.g. depression, suicide, and anxiety), interpersonal issues (such as violent behavior and unplanned sex), and social problems (drunk driving) (Mohler-Kuo, Dowdall, Koss, & Weschsler,2004; O'Hare,1997; Paschall, 2003; Perkins, 2002). The aim of this study was to investigate the negative consequences associated with drinking alcohol among deaf and hard of hearing college students. In addition, the researchers gathered information regarding the students' ideas about alcohol prevention for deaf and hard of hearing people. A total of 286 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing college students completed the College Alcohol Problem Scale (CAPS) and answered 6 questions related to alcohol prevention. Analysis of variance results indicated a significant difference in total CAPS scores and the social problems subscale scores among college senior and sophomore students and graduate students. Comparisons of other ranks on the CAPS scores were non-significant. Students prioritized deaf subgroups in need of prevention efforts, ranking the highest group in need as deaf children ages 13 to 18 followed by deaf children under the age of 12. The results of this study suggest a need for specially designed and early education about alcohol prevention.
Mason, T. C., & Schiller, J. (2019). College Drinking Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. JADARA, 42(2). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jadara/vol42/iss2/5