Knowing where they're going: Destination-specific pregaming behaviors in a multiethnic sample of college students

Byron L. Zamboanga, Hilary G. Casner, Janine V. Olthuis, Brian Borsari, Lindsay S. Ham, Seth J. Schwartz, Melina Bersamin, Kathryne Van Tyne, Eric R. Pedersen

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine how legal age status, gender, and self-reported reasons for pregaming are linked to pregaming for two common drinking contexts: a bar and a Greek party. Method: Participants who reported pregaming at least once a month (n = 2888 students aged 18-25 years) were recruited from 30 colleges/universities across the United States. Results: Many students pregame for social reasons regardless of pregaming destination. Multivariate analyses indicated that legal age students were more likely than underage students to pregame before going to a bar, whereas the opposite was true with respect to pregaming for a Greek party. Women were more likely than men to pregame before going to a bar or a Greek party, whereas men reported higher levels of consumption while pregaming for these destinations compared with women. Conclusions: The present findings suggest areas for targeted intervention efforts and promising avenues for research on context-specific pregaming behaviors among college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • College students
  • Context
  • Pregaming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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    Zamboanga, B. L., Casner, H. G., Olthuis, J. V., Borsari, B., Ham, L. S., Schwartz, S. J., Bersamin, M., Van Tyne, K., & Pedersen, E. R. (2013). Knowing where they're going: Destination-specific pregaming behaviors in a multiethnic sample of college students. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(4), 383-396. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.21928