Hazing in View: College Students at Risk (page 5 of 5)


Data from this investigation can inform the development and fine-tuning of hazing prevention efforts. In order to be effective, these efforts need to be far-reaching and focused on a process of transforming aspects of the campus culture that support hazing across a range of student organizations and teams. Data from this investigation also can serve as a baseline from which to measure change over time and to assess the effectiveness of research-based hazing prevention and intervention efforts on college campuses.

Hazing is a complex issue and a problem that can interfere with the health and safety of students and impede the development of a positive campus climate. At present, there are no simple solutions or foolproof methods of eliminating hazing on a college campus. As this research sheds light on the nature and extent of hazing behaviors among college students in the United States, the next steps in this project include further analysis of the national hazing study data with the release of a series of subsequent reports. The series of reports, to be issued throughout the remainder of 2008, will examine other aspects of the data (e.g., gender differences, high school experiences, and recommendations for prevention) in more depth.



Allan, E. & Madden, M. (2005). Examining and transforming campus hazing cultures: Pilot study report. www.hazingstudy.org.

Ellsworth, C. (2004). Definitions of hazing: Differences among selected student organizations. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Maryland.


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