Alcohol Use, Social Exclusion and Rejection in a College Sample

Bianca R Campagna, Fordham University


This study assessed the relationship between alcohol use, social rejection, and adjustment to college. The final sample consisted of (n=99) participants who were taken from an undergraduate research pool. The final sample consisted of 99 participants, and most of the sample identified as female (79.8%). Approximately 67% of the sample was white, and 87% were not of Hispanic or Latino origin. Of the sample, 77.8% of participants were underclassmen. Participants online questionnaires regarding drinking behaviors, social rejection, and college adjustment, as well as Cyberball, a social rejection lab paradigm. It was hypothesized that overall adjustment to college and drinking motives related to coping would be predictors of risky drinking. Though a regression analysis yielded a significant model, the model only accounted for 8% of the variance in drinking behaviors. Overall, the results from the present study suggest that adjustment to college does not play a substantial role in college drinking behaviors. These results further add to the already mixed findings on this relationship. This study presented several limitations both due to its methods and the COVID-19 pandemic. Future studies should look at the role of drinking behaviors, adjustment to college, and rejection in a larger, more diverse sample.

Subject Area

Clinical psychology|Behavioral psychology

Recommended Citation

Campagna, Bianca R, "Alcohol Use, Social Exclusion and Rejection in a College Sample" (2021). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI28652867.