Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Stephen Baldridge

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Tyson Alexander


Numerous studies demonstrate linkages between substance abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV), and/or sexual assault (e.g., Nabors, 2009; Rivera, Phillips, Warshaw, Lyon, Bland, & Kaewken, 2015; Santana, Raj, Decker, & Silverman, 2006). For ages, college students have been associated with substance abuse (e.g., Hingson, Zha, and Weitzman, 2009; O’Malley & Johnston, 2002). Substance abuse has been associated with IPV and sexual assault (Nabors, 2009; Rivera, Phillips, Warshaw, Lyon, Bland, & Kaewken, 2015; Santana, Raj, Decker, & Silverman, 2006). Although much research has been conducted on the relationships between substance abuse and intimate partner violence (including sexual violence), little research has been conducted to examine how big of a problem these variables are on small, religiously affiliated college campuses. In light of the current #MeToo climate, there seems to be a ripe context for exploring this topic. The purpose of this study was to find out if correlations exist between substance abuse, IPV, and sexual assault on a sample of students enrolled in a medium-sized religiously affiliated college campus. If findings are as predicted, a prevention and intervention program can be developed. Participants in the study were students, at a medium-sized Christian university, participating in a Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program. This presentation will briefly review literature, discuss the study methodology, and involve participants in a discussion regarding implications of findings.

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