Assessing High-Risk Behaviors

Effective assessment of high-risk behaviors involves collecting data to quantify substance misuse, risky sexual behavior, crime, or violent behavior among students, along with the related primary and secondary harms caused by those behaviors to students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

Assessment also can identify the environmental influences that may be directly or indirectly affecting student risky behavior, such as existing policies, enforcement practices, access to substances, or the promotion of high-risk practices or rituals. High-risk behaviors by students and the related harms to the campus community can negatively affect the learning environment in a variety of ways.  

 

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Presents findings of cross-sectional surveys of high school graduates that have been completed since 1976. Includes comparisons between those that attended college and peers that did not (sometimes called "the forgotten half"). Findings offer an important longitudinal snapshot that captures trends in drug use for both groups and its effects across the lifespan.

Cover image of the Methods for Assessing College Student Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Offers a straightforward method for gathering and reporting student survey data on substance use-related problems. Administrators must understand the nature and extent of these problems at their institutions in order to develop effective programs and policies to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related (AOD) problems on campus.

Features Drs. Ken Hale and Anne McDaniel from Ohio State University’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery discussing findings from the 2015 College Prescription Drug Study (CPDS). CPDS is a multi-institutional survey of undergraduate, graduate and professional students that examines perceptions related to the non-medical use of prescription drugs, including reasons for using and consequences of use. 

Cover image of the College Alcohol Risk Assessment Guide: Environmental Approaches to Prevention resource

Assists college administrators in identifying factors within the campus environment that contribute to alcohol-related problems. These factors are examined within the context of the public health approach, which emphasizes how the environment shapes behavior. Methods for identifying problems include scanning, analysis, response, and assessment. The publication also contains scanning and analysis exercises and selected resources. In addition, some analysis and scanning exercises are also provided in an online format, which can be downloaded, distributed, and used electronically.

Cover image of the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report resource

Presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report describes the development of the survey instrument and procedures for data collection, non-response bias analysis, weighting, and validity assessment. It presents estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. 

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