Geographic factors and the relationship between mental health and substances use among college Students.

Authors: Matin Katirai*, West Chester University, Whitney Katirai, West Chester University, Christine A. Williams, West Chester University, Corey M. Shamy, West Chester University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: Mental Health, Substance Use, College Students, Geographic Location
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The purpose this research is to explore the relationship between mental health (stress, depression) and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use along with geographic factors, college size, among college students from 2010-2015 utilizing the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment data. There were over 580,000 survey responses that were examined and logistic regression analysis was used to study the relationship between the various factors. Preliminary results indicate that that those who used alcohol, cigarettes, opioids, marijuana and sedatives were more likely to have been diagnosed with depression within the past 12 months while controlling for campus size, public vs private university status, geographic location, belonging to a religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and city size.

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