Prevalence and profiling: hazing among college students and points of intervention

Am J Health Behav. 2005 Mar-Apr;29(2):137-49. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.29.2.5.


Objective: To examine university students' attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs related to hazing.

Methods: A random and representative sample of students completed a web-based survey regarding team-building and initiation behaviors (N=736).

Results: Thirty-six percent of the respondents participated in hazing. Greeks, males, varsity athletes, leaders, and upperclassmen were more likely to engage in hazing. Students who engaged in hazing were more likely to engage in positive team-building activities.

Conclusions: Hazing is occurring on campus, although not always recognized as such by students. Various factors that would enable someone to stop a hazing situation are addressed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Attitude
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Dangerous Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Prevalence
  • Sampling Studies
  • Social Behavior*
  • Sports / psychology
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / psychology*