Recently I read the study done by Timothy Osberg, Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana titled, “From Animal House to Old School: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences” they link college movies that show binge drinking and the glorification of extreme alcohol consumption to college freshman drinking. The main question they were testing was, would the “increased exposure to movies that glorify college drinking impact…viewers’ beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 923). The way this was tested was by showing 479 college freshmen college movies that promoted binge drinking and then gave the freshmen two questionnaires about a month apart. Both questionnaires showed a connection between these movies and freshman year drinking. At the end of the study they wrote “exposure to movies glorifying the college drinking culture was found to have direct and indirect effects on the drinking behaviors of college freshmen”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 930).
Even Though this study was conducted very well and written out very clearly I feel they could have done a better job with some parts. I feel as though some of their paragraphs were useless and repetitive and that the study could have come to the same conclusion with half the amount of words, but that can also be linked to my laziness as a reader. The main problem I find that this study is with their tables showing their data. I must have stared at them for countless minutes and no matter how many times I looked them over or read the paragraphs around them I could not understand what they were showing me. Never the less though I was able to understand their conclusion and how they got there.
Osberg, Timothy M., Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana. “From Animal House to OldSchool: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences.” Addictive Behaviors 37.8 (2012): 922-30. Print.