Effects of Living Arrangements on Risky Sexual Behavior of Greek-Letter Organization
AuthorHouston, Travis J.
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Self-selection into Greek-letter organizations (GLOs) and engagement in risky sexual behavior (RSB) are examples of what emerging adults participate in while attending college. GLO members engage in risky behaviors at higher rates than non-GLO counterparts. Past research finds living arrangements of GLO members to increase engagement in risky drinking and drug use. Limited research exists on how living arrangements influence RSB of GLO members. Through development of a comprehensive survey, analyses and comparisons were conducted on University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) undergraduates ages 18-25 by examining demographic factors and identifiers; living arrangements and roommate composition and influence; campus involvement in GLOs; risk taking attitudes; sexual behaviors; and alcohol and drug use. The results of this study enhance the understanding of how living arrangements affect RSB of GLO members at UNR and reveal potential gaps in related research. The results may influence and assist development of more specific and effective survey tools, in addition to how higher education administrators and public health officials improve and tailor health initiatives for students on and off campus.