Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

College Students' Perceptions of Substance Use and Sexual Behaviors

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

College Students' Perceptions of Substance Use and Sexual Behaviors

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Raffy R. Luquis, the Pennsylvania State University--Harrisburg, and Erica Garcia, and Darlene Ashford, Southern Connecticut State University

The present study was conducted as part of an on-going investigation on health risk behaviors among students attending an urban University. Because results of a previous survey showed that our students were engaging in risky behaviors at a higher rate than students at other institutions, we conducted a qualitative study to better understand the underlying health issues and concerns of all our students. The purpose of this study was to assess students' perceptions of health, health risk behaviors, and other factors associated with health practices that increase the likelihood of adverse health outcomes. A series of focus groups (N = 40 students, 23 men and 17 women) were conducted during the academic year to assess the participants' perceptions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, sexual behaviors and other health issues. The sample consisted of volunteer students recruited through wellness classes, residence halls and students organizations. Each focus group was audio taped to ensure a more reliabl e data gathering process. Results on substances use and sexual behaviors would be discussed during this presentation. When students were asked questions related to their perceptions about drug use and their views about sexuality and other sexual practices. …

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