Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Katrina Burch (Director), Dr. Jenni Teeters, and Dr. Reagan Brown

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between work-toschool conflict (WSC), role stress in the school domain, and alcohol use among employed, full-time college students (n = 51). It was also examined whether the relationship between WSC and school stress is influenced by student role salience. A within-person, daily diary design was used in order to measure participants’ daily WSC, school stress, and alcohol use over a 14-day period. Multilevel Random Coefficient Modeling (MRCM) was utilized to investigate the relationships of interest. A small nonsignificant, positive relationship between daily WSC and daily alcohol use was found. Although there was no significant relationship between daily school stress and daily alcohol use, a positive relationship between daily WSC and daily school stress was supported. Role salience did not significantly moderate the relationship between WSC and school stress as predicted. Although it was found that school stress did not significantly mediate the relationship between daily WSC and daily drinking, supplemental analyses did indicate that daily school stress is positively related to weekly drinking and interestingly, that there is an indirect effect of daily WSC on weekly drinking when including daily school stress in the model. These results can help researchers and practitioners alike understand how college student employment during the academic year affects consequent drinking behaviors.


Clinical Psychology | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Social Psychology