Spring Break: College Students and Risky Behaviors

According to a recent study from the University of Michigan College, students who arrange with friends to "get their backs" are less likely to engage in risky spring break behavior.

University of Michigan Study

The University of Michigan study indicates that about sixty percent of more than six hundred and fifty college freshmen surveyed reported having an understanding with their friends about using alcohol during spring break. Almost twenty-four percent agreed with friends that they would get drunk and eighteen percent agreed with friends not to get drunk. More than half the students said they had no understandings with friends about sexual behavior, while about sixteen percent said they had agreed with friends to use a condom if they had sex.

Men were significantly more likely than women to have understandings with friends to engage in risky behavior. Women were more likely than men to report having understandings about safer behavior, such as agreeing not to get drunk (twenty percent of women compared to fourteen percent of men).


When college students agree to watch out for one another spring break is a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. The majority of college students understand the risks and consequences of risky behavior. Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110210094919.htm


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