Date of Award

Summer 7-1-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Park, Aesoon


alcohol, biracial, college, discrimination, Multiracial, socialization

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology


Despite the rapid growth of the Multiracial population in the United States, less is known about correlates of their health behaviors. Nascent findings demonstrate elevated rates of drinking behavior among Multiracial college students compared to their monoracial counterparts. Theoretical models posit that racial socialization by primary caregivers may change the magnitude of the relationship of discrimination with drinking behavior among Multiracial individuals. The role of racial socialization, however, has not been tested specifically among Multiracial college students. In this cross-sectional survey study, 193 undergraduate students (Mage = 20 years [SD = 1.33]; 30% male; 33% Greek affiliated) reporting lifetime alcohol use completed an online questionnaire on drinking behaviors, experiences of racial socialization, and experiences of general as well as Multiracial discrimination. Results from path models indicated that the relationship between general or multiracial discrimination with drinking behaviors was not weaker among those reporting higher levels of racial socialization. The current finding adds to the limited and underrepresented alcohol use literature of Multiracial college students by demonstrating that primary caregiver racial socialization may not be protective against discrimination experiences and drinking behavior among Multiracial college students. The implications of these findings may be used to inform further research, clinical programming, as well as policy development.


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