Title page for ETD etd-02082006-181455

Type of Document Dissertation
Author DeMarce, Josephine Marie
Author's Email Address jdemarce@vt.edu
URN etd-02082006-181455
Title Testing Theoretical Relationships among Alcohol Use, Drinking to Cope, Mood Regulation Expectancies, and Depression
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephens, Robert S. Committee Chair
Clum, George A. Jr. Committee Member
Cooper, Lee D. Committee Member
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Ollendick, Thomas M. Committee Member
  • mood regulation
  • depression
  • coping
  • college
  • alcohol
Date of Defense 2006-01-27
Availability unrestricted
Participants (N = 164) completed measures of depression, negative mood regulation expectancies, coping motives for alcohol use, alcohol use, and alcohol-related problems allowing for cross-sectional and prospective examinations of theoretically derived hypotheses regarding motivational models for alcohol use and related problems in a college population. Using hierarchical linear regression techniques, 3 hypotheses were examined. The hypothesis that lower levels of depression and higher levels of negative mood regulations expectancies would interact to predict drinking to cope was not supported. The hypothesis that drinking to cope would be predictive of alcohol-related problems even when alcohol consumption was controlled for was supported. The creation of two subscales intended to measure objective and subjective alcohol-related problems is explained. There was mixed support for the hypothesis that drinking to cope is more predictive of subjective alcohol-related problems compared to objective alcohol-related problems. Findings from the current study provide support for social learning theory and have implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses.
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