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Psychol Addict Behav. 2005 Mar;19(1):99-103.

Alcohol use in college students: effects of level of self-esteem, narcissism, and contingencies of self-worth.

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Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, USA. riia@umich.edu

Abstract

The unique effects of level of self-esteem, narcissism, and contingencies of self-worth assessed prior to college on alcohol use during the freshman year were examined in a longitudinal study of 620 college students. Narcissism predicted alcohol use, but level of self-esteem did not. Basing self-worth on appearance predicted more alcohol use, whereas the virtue, God's love, and academic competence contingencies predicted less alcohol use, independent of other personality measures and joining a sorority or a fraternity. Further, the virtue and academic competence contingencies were associated with decreases in alcohol use from the 1st to the 2nd semester.

PMID:
15783284
DOI:
10.1037/0893-164X.19.1.99
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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