Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Morton O. Wagenfeld

Second Advisor

Dr. Dennis Simpson

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research examined the protective qualities of Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence (SOC), a social-psychological dispositional concept, in relation of the daily hassles associated with the transitory college years of students, perceived stress, quantity/frequency and patterns of alcohol use. This cross-sectional study (n=103) was site-based in the classroom. Data were collected by survey questionnaire administered by the primary researcher. Results indicated that SOC affords protection to students possessing a strong SOC by allowing them to perceive the hassles associated with college life as less stressful and in ameliorating the negative consequences of heavy drinking. Significant problems with alcohol were found in this sample. Implications of this research and recommendations for future research are suggested.

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