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Author: Chen, Wei-Lin
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1. Chen, Wei-Lin
Chen, Jen-Hao
College Fields of Study and Substance Use
BMC Public Health 20 (30 October 2020): 1631.
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Springer
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; College Degree; College Major/Field of Study/Courses; Drug Use; Gender Differences; Substance Use

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Methods: The study analyzed longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 97 (N = 1031), specifically data on individuals who obtained a bachelor's degree, to examine the associations between college fields of study and trajectories of three substance use behaviors: smoking, heavy alcohol use, and marijuana use.

Results: The results indicate that social science and business majors were associated with more substance use behaviors than arts and humanities and STEM majors. However, social science majors were associated with a faster decrease in substance use behaviors over time. Importantly, the differences we found in mean levels of substance use behaviors and trajectories were not explained by demographic characteristics, family SES background, childhood health conditions, and employment experience. Further analysis that examined college major and each substance use behavior individually suggests that the associations were stronger for heavy alcohol use and marijuana use. Moreover, we found the associations were more pronounced in men than women.

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Chen, Wei-Lin and Jen-Hao Chen. "College Fields of Study and Substance Use." BMC Public Health 20 (30 October 2020): 1631.