Title page for ETD etd-05262006-081829

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Regira, Linda Marie
URN etd-05262006-081829
Title Applying Intellectual Development Theory to College Student Drinking
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jerry Willis Committee Chair
Eugene Kennedy Committee Member
Roland W. Mitchell Committee Member
Spencer J. Maxcy Committee Member
George Noell Dean's Representative
  • learning environment preferences
  • student development theory
  • social norms theory
  • Perry scheme
  • binge drinking
  • intellectual development
  • college student drinking
Date of Defense 2006-03-30
Availability unrestricted
This study evaluates the presence of a relationship between a student’s level of Intellectual Development, as measured by Moore’s Learning Environment Preferences (LEP) test, and harmful drinking behavior in college students. An online survey instrument was sent to a random sample of 3,000 undergraduate students at a large public research-intensive four-year college in the South via student email accounts. The survey instrument included items about student drinking behavior, perception of peer student drinking behavior, and the Learning Environment Preferences Test. The results showed that there is a statistically significant relationship (inverse) between intellectual development and binge drinking behavior, after controlling for perception of peer binge-drinking behavior, but no relationship between intellectual development and drinking in general. A finding that increasing intellectual development levels may result in reduced negative drinking behavior has implications for curriculum development.
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