Examining the role of drinking motives in college student alcohol use and problems

Jennifer P. Read, Mark D. Wood, Christopher W. Kahler, Jay E. Maddock, Tibor P. Palfai

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A motivational model of alcohol involvement (M. L. Cooper, M. R. Frone, M. Russell, & P. Mudar, 1995) was replicated and extended by incorporating social antecedents and motives and by testing this model cross-sectionally and longitudinally in a sample of college students. Participants (N = 388) completed a questionnaire battery assessing alcohol use and problems, alcohol expectancies, sensation seeking, negative affect, social influences, and drinking motives. Associations among psychosocial antecedents, drinking motives, and alcohol involvement differed from those found by M. L. Cooper et al. (1995). These findings point to the importance of social influences and of positive reinforcement motives but not to the centrality of drinking motives in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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