SUBJECT: Alcohol consumption. And the hypothesis is: "IF CLASS LEVEL GOES UP, ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION GOES UP"

Number your answers to the questions below in your paper, but answer in essay style (complete sentences and paragraphs, not point form). Answer each question fully. You will need to consult the SPSS tables to complete this assignment.

1. Theorizing Introduce the topic of study, and describe your literature review as instructed in Chapter Two. State the hypothesis you are testing in this research and identify the independent and dependent variables. Be sure to specify how you think one variable is going to affect the other. In a paragraph, describe a sociological theory that you feel explains why you think the two variables are related. Be sure to include a parenthetical citation with page number(s) as to where you found your description of the theory.

2. Interpreting data What can you conclude from the zero-order table showing the cross-tabulated results of your independent and dependent variables? In other words, do the data support or disconfirm your hypothesis? How do you know? Remember: describe the statistics, and calculate and interpret an epsilon.

3. More theorizing Identify the control variable, and specify how you think it will affect the original relationship. In other words, for each attribute of the control variable, do you think the strength of the relationship between the original two variables will increase, decrease, or stay the same? Take a guess for each attribute of the control variable, and give reasons for your estimations.

4. Interpreting data What can you conclude from your first partial-order table? Do the data support or disconfirm your guess? How do you know? Remember: describe the statistics, and calculate and interpret an epsilon.

5. Interpreting data What can you conclude from your second partial-order table? Do the data support or disconfirm your guess? How do you know? Remember: describe the statistics, and calculate and interpret an epsilon.

6. Reflecting on method From your experience of interviewing, (1) do you feel that interviews are a good way to gather information? Explain your answer. (2) What advantages and disadvantages of interview research are described by at least one other author? (3) If you could not use the interview method, what other method would you use to study our hypothesis? What would be the advantage of using this other method over interviews? Explain fully.

7. Reflecting on sampling From a scientific point of view, are these results generalizable to more than just the people we gathered information from? If yes, what is it about the study that makes these results generalizable to a larger group of people? If not, how could the data have been collected so as to increase the likelihood of representing the views of, say, all students at your educational institution?

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A Research on Alcoholism in Colleges; Data Analysis

In the recent past, alcohol consumption in colleges has been on the rise following the cultural and social dynamics. According to College-Drinking report by National Institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, the drinking problem in colleges is not palpable as a concept but rather through the negative consequences of alcoholism. Additionally, the research article What Colleges Need to Know Now by NIAAA share the same stand that class levels affects alcohol consumption in colleges. As the students join the college as juniors; they receive an overwhelming freedom from the watch of the guardian and thus incline more to drinking and other social vices. Weitzman and Nelson (2004), in their examination of college students Binge Drinking and the prevention paradox, identifies that drinking is heavily reliant to class levels, with Juniors depicting higher alcoholic index than upper men. The purpose of this research is to examine if there exists any co-relation between class level and alcohol consumption. In addition, the study investigates the trend of alcoholism in colleges and analysis them in theory.

According to the socialization theory, as developed by, Kohlberg’s in 1981, most student live their high school life in the confines of their guardians with limited access to freedom and independent decision –making. Thus, through their cognitive development to the college age, the students develop an irrational deviance from the system and seek to have their freedom. As such,...
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