A longitudinal study of the effects of coping motives, negative affect and drinking level on drinking problems among college students

Stephen Armeli, Erik Dranoff, Howard Tennen, Carol Shaw Austad, Carolyn R. Fallahi, Sarah Raskin, Rebecca Wood, Godfrey Pearlson

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We examined among college students the interactive effects of drinking to cope (DTC) motivation, anxiety and depression symptoms, and drinking level in predicting drinking-related problems (DRPs). Using an Internet-based survey, participants (N = 844, 53% women) first reported on their drinking motives and monthly for up to three months, they reported on their drinking level, anxiety, depression, and DRPs. We found a three-way interaction between DTC motivation and average levels of drinking and anxiety (but not depression) in predicting DRPs. Specifically, among individuals with stronger DTC motives, higher mean levels of anxiety were associated with a stronger positive association between mean drinking levels and DRPs. We did not find three-way interactions in the models examining monthly changes in anxiety, depression, and drinking in predicting monthly DRPs. However, individuals high in DTC motivation showed a stronger positive association between changes in drinking level and DRPs. The results are discussed in terms of mechanisms related to attention-allocation and self-control resource depletion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-541
Number of pages15
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • drinking motives
  • drinking-related problems

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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A longitudinal study of the effects of coping motives, negative affect and drinking level on drinking problems among college students. / Armeli, Stephen; Dranoff, Erik; Tennen, Howard; Austad, Carol Shaw; Fallahi, Carolyn R.; Raskin, Sarah; Wood, Rebecca; Pearlson, Godfrey.

In: Anxiety, Stress and Coping, Vol. 27, No. 5, 2014, p. 527-541.

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Armeli, Stephen ; Dranoff, Erik ; Tennen, Howard ; Austad, Carol Shaw ; Fallahi, Carolyn R. ; Raskin, Sarah ; Wood, Rebecca ; Pearlson, Godfrey. / A longitudinal study of the effects of coping motives, negative affect and drinking level on drinking problems among college students. In: Anxiety, Stress and Coping. 2014 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 527-541.
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