Volunteering might prevent substance abuse for female student-athletes

More than 180,000 student-athletes from 450 colleges and universities compete in Division III sports, the largest NCAA division; nearly 44 percent are female. As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the U.S., a social scientist from the University of Missouri has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage in helping behaviors are less likely to partake in dangerous alcohol and marijuana use.

“Past research has demonstrated that prosocial behaviors such as comforting or assisting others has long-term benefits for young people,” said Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity in MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. “For this study, we were interested in understanding how female student-athletes might be impacted by community service because they make up a growing number of the college population.”

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