First-year Black college students’ alcohol expectancies: Implications for intersectional interventions

Background: Alcohol outcome expectancies (AOEs) are associated with college students’ varied alcohol consumption. Existing research on AOEs focuses primarily on heterosexual White students. Thus, it is important to explore how the intersection of multiple identities such as race, gender, and sexual orientation influence the endorsement of specific AOEs. Purpose: This paper examines AOEs among Black first-year college students, with specific attention to the influence of gender and sexual orientation. Methods: Participants were 307 Black students from four universities in the United States. We conducted bivariate analyses using the 2-factor and 4-factor B-CEOA scale. Results: Most students did not hold positive AOEs such as tension reduction and sexual enhancement. Students were more likely to endorse negative AOEs such as behavioral and cognitive impairment and social risk. Discussion: Black first-year college students reported more negative expectations associated with alcohol use, including those related to negative social risks and consequences. Thus, AOEs may serve as a protective factor against alcohol use among Black college students. Translation to Health Education Practice: Alcohol interventions should be tailored to focus on the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Culturally relevant alcohol interventions have the potential to reduce the immediate and long-term consequences of alcohol use.

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Work Title First-year Black college students’ alcohol expectancies: Implications for intersectional interventions
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  1. Shemeka Thorpe
  2. Amanda E. Tanner
  3. Samuella Ware
  4. Kate Guastaferro
  5. Jeffrey J. Milroy
  6. David L. Wyrick
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Work Type Article
  1. Informa UK Limited
Publication Date January 30, 2020
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  1. 10.1080/19325037.2020.1713259
  1. American Journal of Health Education
Deposited February 23, 2022




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