Examining the Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Risky Behaviors in Juveniles.

How To Apply

Interested in participating in this research project? Contact the professor or graduate student listed below.


Dr. Stacey Nofziger, Associate Professor (Department of Sociology) | sn18@uakron.edu

Project Description

This is part of a study that is designed to examine the effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) on patterns of risky behaviors among juveniles. PAE is a serious public health concern that affects large numbers and can have life-long consequences. While a sizable literature on PAE exists, there are two primary limitations in the field that this study will address. First, more work is needed on the impacts of different levels of PAE, including the effects of maternal drinking in the months immediately prior to pregnancy. Second is the lack of social-behavioral theoretical explanations for the negative outcomes of PAE. This study proposes to use secondary data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) to examine the effects of PAE on risky behaviors engaged in by juveniles and focuses on how self-control may be important in explaining this relationship.

For this project, I would like to work with undergraduates who are interested in learning more about PAE and who may want to learn how to analyze data. Specifically, the student(s) would work on developing a literature review on PAE and identify specific types of risky behavior they are interested in. This may include juvenile use of drugs and alcohol, violent behavior, or deviant behavior more generally. I would work with the student to teach them to download data from the NLSY, and analyze these data to answer their research questions. Ultimately, I would like the student to present their work at the UA-IS (University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium) or a regional sociology conference (North Central Sociological Association).

This project has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant and will fund one student in the Summer 2020. The total funding available to a student is $2,000.

Project Dates

Starting Spring 2020 and continuing until completed

Search Terms

Sociology, Non-Credit, Funded, Non-Funded, Humanities & Social Sciences