Peer support and food security in deaf college students
Food insecurity is a danger to college students all over the country, and it impacts their life in many ways. In particular, food insecurity can result in educational consequences such as lower performance in classes, difficulty concentrating, and insufficient health in college students. These outcomes can be quite detrimental for some deaf college students who are already at risk for poorer health outcomes associated with low access to incidental information about health. The prevalence of food security in deaf college student population has not been investigated. A protective factor that may reduce the impact of food insecurity on these college-related outcomes is peer support, which was previously reported as a significant and direct predictor of health. The proposed study may portray a relationship between peer support and deaf college students' food security experiences. If a significant relationship is found, then this calls for a greater emphasis on the importance friends have in deaf people's lives. Peer support could potentially offset the negative consequences deaf people's experience with food insecurity. In addition to peer support, food programs designed for those who are at risk for food insecurity may benefit students and the university as a whole.