Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Patrick Cundiff

Second Advisor

Dr. Chair Jesse Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Whitney Decamp


Deviance, marijuana use, college funding, binge drinking, strain and bond

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study examines the effects of the source of college funding on student participation in four deviant behaviors: monthly binge drinking, monthly marijuana use, illicit drug use, and academic cheating. Using secondary data from a self-reported online survey conducted at a midwestern University, competing hypotheses based in general strain theory and social bond theory, were tested. Logistic regression analyses of the four deviant behaviors suggest that the source of college funding has a very limited effect. Only in the cases of marijuana use and illicit drug use were significant relationships observed; where students whose funding came from their parents were more likely to have engaged in monthly marijuana use and more likely to have engaged in illicit drug use than students who were self-funded. Given the limited effect of college funding source neither theoretical perspective was found to be supported in their expected effect of self-funding.