Beginning in Fall 2012, Partners in Prevention began publishing monthly research briefs. Each month, PIP members and campus administrators will receive a one-page research brief to keep key players updated on the most recent trends in the health and safety behaviors of Missouri college students.
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Volume 1, Number 14: Marijuana & Missouri College Students
The Partners in Prevention, Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS) inquires about various student health behaviors, including marijuana use. This brief provides information on the frequency and location of Missouri college student marijuana use from 2010 to 2012. Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 13: Campus Membership in Partners in Prevention
Guidance and assistance from Partners in Prevention has helped institutions develop the capacity on their campuses to address risky health behaviors through the development of strategic plans and sustained campus community coalitions. PIP is comprehensive, influential, and effective, as documented by long-term evidence of success on both the statewide and local levels. Information in this brief provides an overview of benefits campuses have received as members of Partners in Prevention, as described by campus partners.Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 12: Underage Students Accessing Alcohol: Trend Data
In 2005, campus communities across the state began implementing laws and policies in their communities which educate servers and sellers of alcohol about the consequences of serving to underage patrons or patrons who provide alcohol to minors. Since 2007, Partners in Prevention campuses have implemented evidenced-based strategies in their communities which hold students accountable for off-campus behavior and educate students about making safer choices when socializing off campus. With these changes, this brief looks at the trend data available to see the impact these policies have had on the campuses of Missouri’s public universities.Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 11: Academic Effects of Student Drinking
Students’ consumption of alcohol can produce effects in both their personal and academic lives on campus. Using data from the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey, Grade Point Averages and other academic consequences of alcohol are examined. Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 10: Missouri Student Veterans and Sense of Belonging on Campus
Thanks in part to a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Partners in Prevention implemented a new student-veteran specific survey. This brief uses information from this new assessment to gain insights on student-veteran engagement and belonging on six campuses across the state. Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 9: Missouri College Students and Suicide
Suicide is a leading cause of death among college-age youth (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2011). Due to the alarming number of college-age students nationwide who die by suicide each year (1100), Partners in Prevention has incorporated questions related to suicide on the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS).
Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 8: Texting and Driving Among Missouri College Students
Research on the topic indicates a growing problem with texting-related behaviors and traffic crashes, particularly among young drivers. If the recent rate of growth continues, beginning the conversation about texting while driving on Missouri campuses and implementing education on safe driving behaviors is a first step in changing the mindset of our young drivers.
Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 7: Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs Among Missouri College Students
According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, drug-related deaths have risen in the state due to increased use of heroin and prescription pain medication among young adults. Missouri's data from the National Household Survey identifies the college-age group as the most frequent users of prescription drugs. This brief reviews MCHBS results for non-medical prescription drug use trends, reasons for use and perceived consequences.
Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 6: Tobacco Products & Missouri College Students
As many campuses consider the move towards a smoke free or tobacco free environments, it is important to examine the prevalence of tobacco usage of our college students. The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS) asks students about their use of a variety of tobacco products, including hookah, e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes. The results of this data brief provide insight into both tobacco usage and poly usage of tobacco products through data gathered from the MCHBS.Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 5: Missouri College Student Mental Health 2012
More than half of Missouri college students have experienced a mental health concern in the past year, with anxiety, sleep issues, and depression being the most common concerns. The results of this data brief will provide insight into the mental health concerns, including risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior, among students and 21 colleges and universities in Missouri.Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 4: Involvement, Academics and Alcohol Among Missouri College Students
Involvement is often touted as a central component in students' retention, academics, and ability to create a sense of belonging on campus. Colleges encourage students to get involved in campus organizations with the expectation students will learn life lessons that are not always available within the classroom, and to further develop skills that will serve them in their life after graduation. The data in the brief examines differences in academics and alcohol usage of involved and non-involved Missouri college students.Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 3: Trend Data Among Students Attending Public Universities in Missouri, 2007-2012
The results in the brief show changes in behavior due to alcohol use among students enrolled in 13 publicly funded universities in Missouri from 2007 to 2012. All results are taken from the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS). Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 2, Special Edition: Missouri Partners in Prevention, Missouri College Health Behavior Survey
To identify progress of our goals, and to obtain data for program implementation, PIP created the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS). The survey, modeled after the CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey, is an annual, online survey implemented each spring semester since 2007. Read more here.
Volume 1, Number 1: Introduction to Missouri's Higher Education Substance Abuse Consortium
Partners in Prevention is Missouri's higher education substance abuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses. The unique composition brings together different perspectives on health promotion and prevention efforts. Read more here.