Eleise Oyster

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Jin Bo, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Hedeel Evans, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


Past research suggests that the presence of depression is related to an increase in risky alcohol use. Additionally, existing studies have also found that social roles may increase or decrease an individual’s alcohol use. In this research, the intent is to develop a better understanding of the connection between alcohol use, depression, and social roles. It is hypothesized that elevated alcohol use is positively correlated with depression and negatively correlated to social roles. Fifty-two participants (healthy graduate and undergraduate students) were recruited from the EMU campus through the SONA system. Using data from the self-report questionnaire where participants reported on alcohol use along with the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) depression short survey and PROMIS social roles survey, correlation analyses were conducted. A significant negative correlation between depression scores and social roles (r=-.644, p