Title page for ETD etd-06032004-114840

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Wilson, Natascha Monique
Author's Email Address natascha@vt.edu
URN etd-06032004-114840
Title Substance Use Among Female Graduate Students
Degree PhD
Department Counselor Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bodenhorn, Nancy E. Committee Chair
Bird, Gloria W. Committee Member
Brown, Launcelot Committee Member
Hutchins, Marilyn K. Committee Member
Lawson, Gerard F. Committee Member
Piercy, Fred P. Committee Member
  • Helping Profession
  • Mental Health
  • Counselor Education
Date of Defense 2004-05-31
Availability unrestricted
This study examines data from a modified version of the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey to establish the frequency use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and stimulants, which were the four variables used to denote substance use. This study also investigates the consequences experienced as a result of substance use among female graduate students (n = 266) in mental health majors, including Counseling Education (n=164) and Other Mental Health majors (n=102). Eight universities located in the southeastern region of the United States participated in the study.

In addition to measuring substance use, the survey also provided a general description of the participants. The participants, who averaged 24.85 years in age, were 48.9% (n=130) Caucasian and 51.1% (n=136) African American. In terms of marital status, were 38.7% (n=103) the respondents single, 18.8% (n=50) in a committed relationship but not married, 28.2% (n=75) married, and 13.5% (n=36) married, but with an absentee spouse. A majority of the respondents (n=178) were employed in a full time capacity.

An ensuing analysis of the data revealed generalized substance use among female graduate students in mental health majors, with alcohol being the most prevalently used substance among the four. Demographic variables found to be significant in these findings were ethnicity, age, major, marital status and living arrangements. When examining consequences experienced as a result of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and stimulants use during the past year, the majority of participants did not experience any consequences; frequencies indicated small percentages of consequences experienced by graduate students and are reported herein.

Implications for the profession and recommendations for future research are suggested.

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