Title page for ETD etd-05062013-182127

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Blevins, Claire Evelyn
Author's Email Address claireb9@vt.edu
URN etd-05062013-182127
Title Situational Marijuana Use: Predicting Outcomes in Treatment-Seeking Adults
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert Stephens Committee Chair
George Clum Committee Member
Lee Cooper Committee Member
  • marijuana
  • situational determinants
  • addiction treatment
Date of Defense 2013-04-26
Availability unrestricted
Cognitive behavior theory indicates that situational determinants may have a substantial impact on substance use and relapse into use. The present study described situational use of marijuana in dependent individuals, analyzed relationships among various constructs in existing theory, determined their effects on treatment outcomes, and explored interactions with self-efficacy. Results were generally consistent with hypotheses. Use in negative affective situations was independently associated with psychological distress, maladaptive coping strategies, and poorer outcomes post-treatment. Additionally, negative affective use interacted with self-efficacy for psychologically distressing situations to produce differential outcomes. This study adds to the existing literature on situational marijuana use by establishing relationships with motives for use and lending support to the cognitive behavioral theory model.
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