Behavioral Risks During the Transition From High School to College

Kim Fromme, William R. Corbin, Marc I. Kruse

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The transition from high school to college is an important developmental milestone that holds the potential for personal growth and behavioral change. A cohort of 2,245 students was recruited during the summer before they matriculated into college and completed Internet-based surveys about their participation in a variety of behavioral risks during the last 3 months of high school and throughout the 1st year of college. Alcohol use, marijuana use, and sex with multiple partners increased during the transition from high school to college, whereas driving after drinking, aggression, and property crimes decreased. Those from rural high schools and those who elected to live in private dormitories in college were at highest risk for heavy drinking and driving after drinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1497-1504
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • behavioral risks
  • college students
  • developmental transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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