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Deviant and successful behavior among University of Wyoming college students

Author: Ledezma,-Guadalupe
Author Background: U Wyoming, US
Date 7/2000
Type Dissertation
Journal Title: Dissertation-Abstracts-International:-Section-B:-The-Sciences-and-Engineering
Volume/Pages Vol 61(1-B): 537
Subject Matter Research, Hispanics, Young Adulthood, Antisocial Behavior, Drug Abuse
Abstract Deviant behavior among college students may include substance abuse, social deviance, and school-related deviance. Highly deviant students have been shown to experience a variety of negative consequences in terms of academic performance and relationships. Potential correlates of college student deviant behavior were identified using Jessor's Problem Behavior Theory and Oetting and Beauvais' Peer Cluster Theory. One hundred thirty seven Caucasian students and 100 Hispanic students were surveyed. Significant differences were found between males and females for Alcohol and Social Deviance. Interaction effects were found between gender and perception of friend's tolerance for deviance in predicting Alcohol Deviance. Interaction effects were also found between value on academic achievement and gender, and between perception of friend's tolerance for deviance and gender in the prediction of Social Deviance. Males were more susceptible to peer influence than women. Consistent with previous research, the set of variables identified by Problem Behavior Theory and Peer Cluster Theory did not provide a good description of college student deviance. Future research may examine the influence of peer groups on developing tolerance for deviance. Interventions should focus on peer groups, asking participants to bring friends to meetings or sessions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)