Institutional interventions and formal policies designed to reduce alcohol misuse among fraternity and sorority members have been largely unsuccessful. However, informal policies to address alcohol use concerns can also develop within this subculture. This qualitative multi-case phenomenological study examined the informal policies chapters adopt to reduce risks associated with drinking. Findings suggested considerable informal policy development, which varies between fraternities and sororities. Sorority groups implemented more protective behavior strategies for members’ safety, whereas fraternities often focus on monitoring outside groups. Implications for practice suggest a combination of risk and harm-reduction approaches that facilitate peer-led protective behavioral strategies.
Myers, Jaime L. and Sasso, Pietro A.
"Differences in Informal Alcohol Protective Behavior Strategies between Fraternity & Sorority Members,"
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors: Vol. 16:
02, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol16/iss02/5