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College Drinking and Drug Use

Edited by Helene Raskin White, David L. Rabiner

© 2012 – Guilford Press

306 pages

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Substance use among college students can result in serious academic and safety problems and have long-term negative repercussions. This state-of-the-art volume draws on the latest research on students’ alcohol and drug use to provide useful suggestions for how to address this critical issue on college campuses. Leading researchers from multiple disciplines examine the prevalence and nature of substance use by students; biological and neuropsychological considerations; psychological and social aspects; prevention; and policy. Exemplary programs are presented—including brief interventions, comprehensive prevention programs, and recovery support programs—enhancing the utility of the book for campus-based clinicians and administrators.


"Practitioners, college administrators, and public health researchers interested in the most up-to-date information on college drinking and drug use will find this volume an excellent reference. From an all-star cast of contributing authors, this is the first book to offer both biobehavioral and prevention perspectives, including suggestions on how to apply cutting-edge research to reduce this major public health problem."--Rob Turrisi, PhD, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University

"This is an important contribution for professionals who work in the college or university milieu, as well as instructors who teach courses on substance abuse. The book presents up-to-date information and current best practices. While it is well recognized that college students are at risk for substance use problems, the difficulties around prevention are legion. 'Lecturing at' college students is only marginally effective, but this book describes interventions that work! By introducing the concept that colleges and universities would benefit greatly by creating recovering communities, the book beckons the reader to the future of college-level substance use programming and opens up a whole new topic for pedagogy."--Joy G. Willmott, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

"Chapters provide informative discussion by experts in a variety of areas related to college alcohol and drug use: epidemiology, biological effects, psychosocial aspects, prevention, and policy. This book would be a great choice for a graduate-level course on the topic."--Patrick M. O’Malley, PhD, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"A 'must-have' for every practitioner, administrator, or policymaker committed to reducing problems associated with college drinking and drug use, this essential resource guides college and university professionals to effectively bring theory to practice. Comprehensively reviewing the latest scientific research in the field, the book focuses on ways to change both college drinking culture and individuals' high-risk behaviors."--Diane Fedorchak, MEd, BASICS Project Director and Fresh and Sober Coordinator, Center for Health Promotion, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Table of Contents

College Drinking and Drug Use: Introductory Comments, Helene Raskin White and David L. Rabiner
I. The Scope of the Problem
1. Historical and Developmental Patterns of Alcohol and Drug Use among College Students: Framing the Problem, John E. Schulenberg and Megan E. Patrick
2. Use, Misuse, and Diversion of Scheduled Prescription Medications by College Students, Sean Esteban McCabe, James A. Cranford, Christian J. Teter, David L. Rabiner, and Carol J. Boyd
II. Biological and Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use
3. Chronic Effects of Heavy Alcohol and Marijuana Use on the Brain and Cognition in Adolescents and Young Adults, Krista M. Lisdahl and Susan Tapert
4. Emotional Dysregulation in the Moment: Why Some College Students May Not Mature Out of Hazardous Alcohol and Drug Use, Marsha E. Bates and Jennifer F. Buckman
III. Psychological and Social Aspects of Substance Use
5. Drinking in College Students and Their Age Peers: The Role of Anticipatory Processes, Richard R. Reich and Mark S. Goldman
6. The Effects of Alcohol on Other Behavioral Risks, Kim Fromme and Patrick D. Quinn
7. Personality and Contextual Factors in College Students’ Drinking, Alvaro Vergés and Kenneth J. Sher
IV. Prevention and Intervention Strategies
8. Brief Individual-Focused Alcohol Interventions for College Students, Jessica M. Cronce and Mary E. Larimer
9. Brief Interventions for Marijuana Use, Scott T. Walters, Christine M. Lee, and Denise D. Walker
10. Alcohol Interventions for College Student–Athletes, Matthew P. Martens
11. Community and Environmental Prevention Interventions, Robert F. Saltz
12. The Impact of College Student Substance Use: Working with Students on Campus, Jason R. Kilmer and Shannon K. Bailie
13. Campus Recovery Programs, Lisa Laitman and Lea P. Stewart
V. Policy Issues
14. The Minimum Legal Drinking Age: 21 as an Artifact, Philip J. Cook and Maeve E. Gearing
15. Balancing Cost and Benefits of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age: A Response to Cook and Gearing, Robert F. Saltz and James C. Fell


About the Editors

Helene Raskin White, PhD, is Professor II of Sociology, with joint appointments in the Center of Alcohol Studies and the Department of Sociology, and Deputy Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research focuses on the etiology, development, consequences, and comorbidity of substance use and other problem behaviors (e.g., violence, crime, and mental health problems) over the life course. She also develops, implements, and evaluates brief substance use interventions for college students.
David L. Rabiner, PhD, is Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His recent work focuses on interventions to improve academic performance in children with attention difficulties and a variety of other issues related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including the nonmedical use of ADHD medications by college students.

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