Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice, PhD

Committee Chair

Higgins, George

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Vito, Gennaro

Committee Member

Vito, Gennaro

Committee Member

Dawson-Edwards, Cherie

Committee Member

Hall, Martin

Author's Keywords

substance use; delinquency; sports; theory


This dissertation is an examination of the influence of sport participation on binge drinking among African-American youth. The dissertation is divided into five chapters, covering introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and conclusion. Chapter one describes the problem of binge drinking among African-American youth, focusing on the many deleterious consequences and rates of use. It also examines the problem theoretically through the criminological theories of social bond theory and social learning theory to argue for an understanding of binge drinking by African-American youth. Chapter two examines similar work by previous authors and further details our theoretical premises and their relation to substance use and sports participation by youth. Chapter three describes the data, sample, coding of variables, and,analytic techniques that will be carried out. Specifically, a nationally representative sample of African-Americans were surveyed regarding their participation in various sports, demographic characteristics, and their experiences with school disciplinary practices. Through logistic regression analysis, these variables are expected to predict variation in binge drinking behaviors among African-American youth. Chapter four will describe the anticipated results of the data analysis. Chapter five links these anticipated findings to our theoretical premises and provides policy implications.