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Adolescent depression, alcohol and drug use.
Deykin, E.Y., Levy, J.C., Wells, V., American Journal of Public Health, 77(2), 178-182., (1987).
The Diagnostic Interview Schedule was employed to ascertain the prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD), alcohol and substance abuse in a sample of 424 college students aged 16 to 19 years.

Changes in counseling center client problems across 13 years.
Benton, SA, Robertson, JM, et al., Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34(1): 66-72, (2003).
This study examined counseling center client problems across 13 years from the perspective of the treating therapist at the time of case closure.

Cigarette smoking practices among American college students: Review and future directions.
Patterson, F., Lerman, C., Kaufmann, V. G., Neuner, G. A., Audrain-McGovern, J., Journal Of American College Health, 52(5), 203-210., (2004).
Link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15029942&dopt=Abstract
In this article, the authors review available research on cigarette smoking practices among college students and suggest directions for future research.

Common stressors among international college students: Research and counseling implications.
Chen, C. P., Journal of College Counseling, 2(1), 49., (1999).
This article addresses the stressors that affect international college students. The author provides counseling implications and makes recommendations for future research.

Comparison of cross-sectional and daily reports in studying the relationship between depression and use of alcohol in response to stress in college students.
Flynn, H. A, Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 24(1), 48-52., (2000).
Link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10656192&dopt=Abstract
This study focused on methodological issues as possible sources of equivocal findings regarding the relationship between depressed mood and alcohol use in response to stress in a college student population.

Establishing priorities for reducing suicide and its antecedents in the United States.
Knox, K.L, Caine, E.D., American Journal of Public Health, 95(11), 1898-1903., (2005).
This article evaluates several variables to determine which age- and gender-specific groups bear the greatest public health burden owing to suicide and its antecedents.

Medical studentsí cognitive appraisal of stressful life events as related to personality, physical well-being, and academic performance: A longitudinal study.
Hojat, M., Gonnella, J.S., et al., Personality and Individual Differences, 35(1), 219-235., (2003).
Link to abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V9F-47425XM-G&_user=2837075&_handle=V-WA-A-W-AE-MsSAYVA-UUA-U-AAVDYEUEVB-AAVCVDADVB-YUVYCCVBD-AE-U&_fmt=summary&_coverDate=07%2F31%2F2003&_rdoc=17&_orig=browse&_srch=%23toc%235897%232003%239996499
This longitudinal study was designed to test three hypotheses that medical students who can cope better with adversity would: (1) have a more positive personality profile, (2) report less physical illnesses, (3) perform better academically.

The mental health needs of today's college students: Challenges and recommendations.
Kitzrow, MA., NASPA Journal, 41(1): 167-181, (2003).
This review of the literature looks at the particular needs of various populations of the student body with regards to their mental health and the counseling services available to them, and provides recommendations tailored to each.

Patterns of psychological problems in university undergraduates: Factor structure of symptoms of anxiety and depression, physical symptoms, alcohol use, and eating problems.
Oliver, J. M., Reed, C. K. S., et al., Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 26(3), 211., (1998).
This study sought patterns underlying a broad range of psychological problems in 248 undergraduates at a private Midwestern university by examining relations among 1) psychological problems significant in undergraduates and 2) potential correlates of psychological problems.

Poor mental health, depression, and associations with alcohol consumption, harm, and abuse in a national sample of young adults in college.
Weitzman ER., The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 192(4): 269-277, (2004).
Link to abstract: http://www.jonmd.com/pt/re/jnmd/abstract.00005053-200404000-00003.htm;jsessionid=CAMlKnSsrPYyi0aKCaxIZvCQnMP2gZjQpoZFa53BkYm0MNQnUQRR!297597431!-949856032!9001!-1
This study of a national sample of college students describes patterns of poor mental health/depression and its relationship with alcohol consumption, harm, and abuse.

Relationship of onset of cigarette smoking during college to alcohol use, dieting concerns, and depressed mood: Results from the Young Womenís Health Survey.
Saules, K. K., Pomerleau C. S., et al., Addictive Behaviors,, 29(5), 893-899., (2004).
Link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15219333&dopt=Abstract
To investigate the issue of smoking initiation during college, the authors administered a survey of women's health behavior to college women during freshman orientation, at the end of their freshman year and again during their senior year.

Stress management through written emotional disclosure improves academic performance among college students with physical symptoms.
Lumley, M. A., Provenzano, K. M., Journal of Educational Psychology, 95(3), 641-649., (2003).
Link to abstract: http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/Home.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=RecordDetails&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ674352&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=eric_accno&objectId=0900000b80000ae7
This study tests the effects of writing about stressful event on grade point averages.

Studentsí self-reports of help-seeking: The impact of psychological problems, stress, and demographic variables on utilization of formal and informal support.
Oliver, J. M., Reed, S.K.S., et al., Social Behavior and Personality, 27(2), 109-128., (1999).
The purpose of this study was to examine students' self-reports of seeking help as simultaneous functions of levels of psychological problems, stress, and demographic variables.

Tobacco, depression, and lifestyle choices in the pivotal early college years.
Lenz, B. K., Journal Of American College Health, 52(5), 213-219, (2004).
Link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entraz/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15029943&dopt=Abstract
The author explored the correlates of tobacco use among 18- and 19-year-old students at a major midwestern university.

Using emotional and social factors to predict student success.
Pritchard, M. E., Wilson, G. S., Journal of College Student Development, 44(1), 18-28., (2003).
This study was designed to identify the relationship between student emotional and social health and academic success and retention.

General Resources

National Survey on Drug Use & Health
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