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HEALTH BEHAVIORS SURVEY

AUGUST 2011

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

HEALTH BEHAVIORS SURVEY: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT THAT RESULTED IN EXCELLENT PARTICIPATION. Thank you so much for participating in the Health Behaviors Survey last spring. We were able to collect some great data that will help with our program development and service delivery for CWU students. It also was a great opportunity for students in Sociology 327 to gain hands on experience with research applications. If there is some information that you are particularly interested in learning more about, please don’t hesitate to contact Gail Farmer at 963-3214 or farmer@cwu.edu

ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE DATA

NORMATIVE DATA Alcohol Use 

22% of students report that they didn’t drink the last time they partied

58% of all students have 4 drinks at the most when they “party”.

The mean number of drinks the last time they partied is 3.8 (Standard deviation = 2.8)

Of students who drink, 47% had 4 or fewer and 58% had 5 or fewer

56% of all students do not engage in heavy episodic drinking ( 5 or more)

84% of students don’t drink and drive

42% of students never drink alcohol energy drinks

DEMOGRAPHICS We enjoyed a response rate of about 50%. (About half of the professors we contacted agreed to have Dr. Hennessy’s class distribute the survey in their classes.) Final sample was 1038 which was right on our target!

We were very happy with the distribution of gender in the sample having about 52% female and 48% male respond. Similarly we were pleased to have a good ethnic distribution. The final sample is heavy on the freshmen count (about 40%). Not surprisingly, with such an emphasis on freshmen relative to other classes, we have an overrepresentation of students in the age 19 category.

Gail Farmer, Director Wellness, Office of Housing & Student Living, SURC 139, 963-3214 farmer@cwu.edu


Health Behaviors Survey

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

NORMATIVE DATA CONTINUED Alcohol Use Continued 

The majority of students sometimes or always engage in protective behaviors such as keeping track of the number of drinks they consume, pacing themselves, not always drinking when they socialize and avoiding drinking games.

Very High Risk Behavior (8 or more drinks) 

14.5% of freshmen, 17.8% of sophomores, 20% of juniors and 21.8% of seniors engage in very high risk drinking

Negative Consequences  

51% of students never have a blackout 89% of students never get into trouble with the police as a result of drinking 78% report that drinking has never interfered with school

Marijuana & Other Substances 

70% of students have never used marijuana

6.7% use pot on a daily basis

85% do not misuse painkillers (oxycontin, vicodin)

86% do not misuse Adderall or Ritalin

Student Perceptions of Their Peers Behaviors

Only 3% of students have the correct perception that 22% of student didn’t drink the last time they partied Only 35% of students have the correct perception that the typical student has 4 or fewer when they party Only 4% of students have the correct perception regarding alcohol energy drinks The perception of the mean for frequency of pot use is 3.86 (close to 4 times a month) while the actual mean is 1.4 (between once and twice. AOD USE

More students believe that their peers would disapprove of their use of ecstasy than would disapprove of marijuana. 40% of students believe their peers would disapprove of consuming 5 or more drinks regularly. The perceived risk for regular pot use is quite low. 47% of students believe that drinking 5 or more drinks regularly is very risky.

Injunctive Norms & Perceived Risk

Gail Farmer, Director Wellness, Office of Housing & Student Living, SURC 139, 963-3214 farmer@cwu.edu


HEALTH BEHAVIORS SURVEY CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Sexual Health  59% of students who are sexually active had one partner at the most (14% of students who have been sexually active weren’t active in the past 12 months).

Mental Health Issues

Only 38% of students who have vaginal sex always use a protective barrier.

Only 10% of students who have anal sex use a protective barrier

6% have experienced non consenting sexual contact in the past year

Other Interesting Information 

80% of students are confident or very confident that they could access on-campus counseling/mental health services

8% of students state that depression has often or very often impacted their academic performance

Close friends/family with AOD problems: 28% parents, 31% grandparents, 44% aunts/uncles, 19% siblings and 55% friends

28% feel so overwhelmed by all they have to do that it affects their academic performance.

34% are so stressed that it negatively impacts their academic performance

86% would use a facility located on campus to cook low cost or free healthy meals with other people/peers at least once per quarter

70% of students said their parents had at least some college

23% of students are involved in club sports or intramurals

7% identified as NCAA athletes

16% of students state that anxiety has often or very often impacted their academic performance

28% report that they don’t get enough sleep.

6% have sometimes (n=38), often (n=15) or always (n=7) thought about suicide in the past year

Gail Farmer, Director Wellness, Office of Housing & Student Living, SURC 139, 963-3214 farmer@cwu.edu


HEALTH BEHAVIORS SURVEY CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WELLNESS CENTER

Don’t hesitate to contact Gail Farmer if you would like more

detailed information about the data in the Health Behaviors Survey. Thank you again for the support of this project. 963-3214 farmer@cwu.edu

www.cwu.edu/~wellness


Health Behaviors Survey Results