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Factors Associated With Alcohol and Substance Use in Bereaved College and University Students

  • Tureluren, Emilie;
  • Claes, Laurence; 15069;
  • Andriessen, Karl; 84047;
Publication Date
Oct 08, 2022
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Experiencing the death of a loved one increases the risk of developing mental health problems. Students are vulnerable to developing mental health problems, to which substance use can contribute. Still, few studies have examined substance use in bereaved students. Using an online survey, we collected data about the impact of the death of a loved one on Belgian students' (N = 666) substance use. Using regression analysis we examined its relation to social support, grief, mental health and personal growth. A significant number of students indicated that the death affected their substance use. Feelings of grief and mental health distress played a significant role in students whose substance use increased after the death. There was no significant relationship between social support and personal growth and substance use. Our findings indicate that mental health professionals must address substance use when working with bereaved students to ensure early intervention and adequate support. / status: Published online

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