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Social and Health Consequences of Substance Use and Abuse

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We examine the impact of addiction on interpersonal relationships, the workplace, sexual behavior, aggression and other social and health problems.

Our experts have established lines of research on diverse paths including high school/college gambling and substance use; alcohol and drugs in the workforce/workplace; and aggression, affect, restraint, moods and drinking. Research on women's substance use has expanded into studies about sports, gender and substance use; risky sexual behavior; alcohol-related stressors among sexual minorities; and alcohol, sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease.

Current social and health consequences research underway at RIA includes:

10/30/13

Testa | Leonard | Parks
The role of college men’s alcohol use in sexual aggression perpetration will be examined using 1) a prospective survey study over five semesters and 2) a 56-day daily report study considering whether drinking episodes increase the odds of subsequent sexual aggression.

1/28/14

Testa | Derrick | Leonard | Collins
The acute effects of marijuana use within couples will be examined as a way of understanding the potential role of marijuana in understanding partner aggression, both immediately after use, and as it develops over time

1/28/14

Livingston | Miller | Testa | Derrick | Lucke | Nickerson
This research will examine the conditions under which bullying and sexual harassment among teens may contribute to emotional distress and the development of substance use.

1/28/14

Miller | Dermen | Lucke
This study will assess the use of caffeinated energy drinks by U.S. adolescents and young adults (age 13-25) and will examine links between sexual risk-taking and the use of energy drinks mixed with alcohol.

4/15/14

Eiden | Leonard
Researchers will study the impact of early childhood risk and protection and parents’ alcohol problems on underage drinking and substance use in a prospective study spanning infancy to adolescence in order to help develop early interventions to address the issue.

4/15/14

Homish | Leonard
Researchers will examine changes in substance use and relationship functioning in couples in which one person is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. 

4/15/14

Parks | Testa | Dearing | Hequembourg
Researchers are developing short video clips of potential assault scenarios to help women better understand the nonverbal cues that could indicate the risk of sexual assault.

12/1/12

Levitt
This study will explore the relationship-specific motivations for drinking alcohol with and apart from a romantic partner.

Researchers at RIA Investigating the Effects of Substance Use and Abuse on Negative Social and Health Outcomes: