Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Education Theory and Practice


Curriculum and Instruction

Content Description

1 online resource (vii, 112 pages) : PDF file, illustrations

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Robert Bangert-Drowns

Committee Members

Abbe Herzig, Laura Hopson


Alcohol Use, College Students, Health Belief Model, Parental Communication, College students, Parents, Parent and teenager, Drinking of alcoholic beverages

Subject Categories

Health and Physical Education | Higher Education


Harmful and detrimental effects associated with college student alcohol use have been well documented in scholarly research, the popular press, numerous government- produced reports and by medical associations. Despite the fact that parental involvement in the college experience has increased significantly in the last 20 years, the literature on engaging parents in prevention programs for the college student population is limited. This dissertation, which is formatted in two sections, provides an overview of the potential role of parents as part of current multidimensional campus alcohol prevention efforts. Specifically, this dissertation utilizes the Health Belief Model to explore the degree to which specific parental attitudes predict parental perceptions of frequency of communication with their child about decision-making processes as it relates to alcohol consumption through the college transition period. The first section addresses the prevalence and consequences of alcohol use on campuses, the role that parents can assume by the nature of their attitudes and behavior as either a risk or protective factor in relation to their child's decision to consume alcohol, and an overview of the Health Belief Model (HBM). This segment is concluded with an example of a parent-based prevention model built within the conceptual framework of the Health Belief Model.