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Addict Behav. 2014 Feb;39(2):487-90. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.10.022. Epub 2013 Oct 17.

Attachment and alcohol use amongst athletes: the mediating role of conscientiousness and alexithymia.

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  • 1Universit√© Paris Sud, France. Electronic address: fanny.andres@u-psud.fr.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study aims to explore the mediating effects of conscientiousness and alexithymia in the relationship between parental attachment style and alcohol use in a large sample of athletic young people.

METHOD:

Participants included 434 French sport sciences students. Alcohol use, parental attachment style, conscientiousness and alexithymia were assessed. The hypotheses were tested by using regression and bootstrapping mediation analyses.

RESULTS:

Maternal insecure attachment style is positively associated with alcohol use. The current study highlights a multiple pathway in this relationship. The results reveal the mediating effect of low conscientiousness and alexithymia between maternal insecure attachment and alcohol use.

CONCLUSION:

Athletes' alcohol use seems to be the result of a complex association of underlying psychological factors.

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KEYWORDS:

Alcohol; Alexithymia; Athletes; Attachment styles; Conscientiousness; Mediation

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24238781
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