Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Keeley, Jared W.

Committee Member

McMillen, Robert

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah K.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


The upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) will change how Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is characterized by going from a twoactor hierarchical model to a unidimensional disorder. In addition, the number of criteria needed are being reduced—which may increase AUD prevalence rates. The present study examines how these changes will impact college students as compared to their non-college attending peers. Participants were asked to complete questionnaires about their alcohol use and what criteria they meet, a daily functioning questionnaire, and a measure to determine their willingness to engage in risky behaviors. Results indicate that college students will show a disproportionate increase in diagnoses, even though college students who meet criteria show no significant differences in functional impairment compared to students who do not meet criteria. These results suggest that the new criteria may not be a good indicator of AUD presence for college students.



College Students||Alcohol Use Disorder||DSM-5