Psychology (B.S.)

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Dr. Jessica Brooks


Drinking motivation (Cooper, 1994), coping strategies (Laurent, Catanzaro, & Callan, 1996), and negative alcohol-related consequences (Young, 2003) are theorized constructs that have been demonstrated to be related to problematic alcohol use. These three areas of research vary in findings, which makes clarification of these findings vital to the understanding of problematic alcohol use. The purpose of the present study is to determine to what extent motivation to drink and styles of coping predict problematic alcohol use, as well as to what extent problematic alcohol use predicts the different consequences of use. Participants consisted of 71 undergraduate students (54.2% female; Mage = 20.14 years). The majority of participants were classified as social drinkers. Participants completed the Drinking Motives Questionnaire-Revised (Cooper, 1994), Alcohol Use and Disorder Identification Test (Saunders et al, 1993), Drinkers Inventory of Consequences (Miller et al., 1995), and Young Compensation Inventory (Young, 2003). Correlational analyses and a series of stepwise regression analyses were conducted. Social, conformity, and enhancement drinking motives all predicted problematic alcohol use (p.05). Consequences related to poor interpersonal, intrapersonal, and impulsivity issues were found to be significant predictors of problematic alcohol use (p

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