First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Nikole RudisFollow
Nicolin GoodinFollow


Dr. Jessica Samuolis

Participation Type


College and Major available



University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 5:00 PM


Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:00 PM

Alcohol-Related Ecological Covariates of Identity Stress among College Students

University Commons

Very little is known about the relationship between alcohol use and identity distress among college students, despite the elevated rates of alcohol use and identity distress among this age group. The use of an ecological model serves as a framework to identify alcohol-related covariates that may be related to identity distress to better understand the relationship between these two issues. The current study examined alcohol-related covariates across multiple levels of the ecosystem (i.e., intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, etc.) among a sample of college students. An online survey was emailed to undergraduates that assesses alcohol and drug use, perceptions, experiences and consequences related to drinking, and campus characteristics. An identity distress scale which assesses distress related to domains such as long-term goals, career choice, and group loyalties was also included in the survey. Results showed that a range ecological factors significantly correlate with identity distress. For example, factors such as perceived positive effects of alcohol, peer pressure to use substances, a campus environment that promotes alcohol use, and the lack of awareness of an alcohol prevention program on campus were some of the covariates found to be significantly related to identity distress. This investigation provides a comprehensive approach to understanding the association between alcohol use and identity distress and can inform prevention programming for college students.