Emerging Scholars Fellowship: My Findings on Stress, Substance Use, and Social Problem Solving

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Drinking and smoking marijuana to cope with stress is an experience that many college students have. For my project, I was interested to see if the way college students react to problems played a role in the relationship between stress and problematic substance use.

What I found might not even come as a surprise – higher levels of stress and a negative outlook on problem solving significantly predicted problematic alcohol and marijuana use. While the results of my project may seem intuitive, I still wanted to publicly share my findings with Drexel University students like myself.

I organized an interactive alcohol, drug, stress, and problem-solving workshop to educate students about easy tips to stay safe, in a fun and laid back setting. It was co-sponsored by Drexel’s chapter of Active Minds, Psi Chi, and Psychology Club. I also invited John Watson, the director of Drexel’s Drug and Alcohol Education Program to contribute to my event.

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Rickie Miglin

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rickiemiglinHi everyone! My name is Rickie Miglin and I’m a graduating senior pursuing my B.S. in Psychology at Drexel University. After graduation, I will be seeking opportunities as a full-time research assistant and ultimately I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and fostering cats and kittens.

My Emerging Scholars Fellowship project focuses on understanding the relationship between social problem solving, stress, and substance use in college students.

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