Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate whether peer support and demographic characteristics predicted food security among deaf college students.

Participants: The sample included 166 deaf college students at Gallaudet University. Methods: Participants completed a bilingual online survey in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. This survey included USDA’s 6-item food security survey, questions about peer support and socio-demographic characteristics.

Results: Out of 166 students (mean age =23; SD = 6), 60.7% were food secure. About 26.4% were at-risk for low food security and another 12.9% had very low food security. The sample included respondents who identified as people of color (54%) and women (52%). Binary logistic regression revealed that compared to people who reported always receiving peer support, people who never received peer support were 16.3 times more likely to experience food insecurity (adj OR: 16.325, 95% CI 1.824–146.107). Conclusions: This study demonstrates a strong relationship between peer support and deaf college students’ food security experiences.

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    Keogh, B., Kushalnagar, P., & Engelman, A.
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    Journal of American College Health
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Keogh, B., Kushalnagar, P., & Engelman, A. (2020). Peer support and food security in deaf college students. Journal of American college health : J of ACH, 68(1), 1–5.