Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Watson, Joshua

Committee Member

Looby, Joan

Committee Member

Wells, Debbie

Committee Member

Yates, Joyce

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Student Counseling and Guidance

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations


The purpose of this dissertation study was to investigate wellness as a predictive variable of alcohol consumption among college students. The Five Factor Wellness Inventory (5F-Wel-A) was used to measure the five second-order factors of wellness (e.g. Essential Self, Creative Self, Physical Self, Social Self, and Coping Self). The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) determined college student alcohol consumption by measuring the frequency of consumption, number of drinks, binge drinking, inability to stop drinking, normal expectations of drinking, morning drinking, guilt, memory loss, injury, and recommendations by others. A multiple regression analysis was used to determine the relationships between these variables. The results indicated that wellness factors can predict alcohol consumption and behaviors related to alcohol. Even though Essential Self second-order factor was the most influential wellness factor, Physical Self, Social Self, and Coping Self also were significant predictors of alcohol consumption and behaviors related to alcohol. The results of the research can be used to support the development of wellness programs, to identify at-risk students, and to implement positive lifestyle interventions.