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Psychol Addict Behav. 2006 Jun;20(2):131-4.

College student drinking and meaning in the pursuit of life goals.

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Department of Psychology, Boston University, MA 02215, USA. palfai@bu.edu

Abstract

The current study was designed to examine the association between risky alcohol use and life goals among college students. Introductory psychology students completed a questionnaire that included measures of typical life goals and alcohol use behavior. Students listed their 5 most typical life goals and rated them each on a series of dimensions from which 2 factors were derived (i.e., Goal Meaning, Goal Efficacy). Hierarchical regression analyses showed that the lower levels of goal meaning were associated with more heavy episodic use of alcohol and alcohol-related negative consequences. Results are consistent with motivational models of drinking that depict alcohol use as a function of satisfaction from other life goals. Findings support the importance of understanding college student drinking within the broader context of life goal appraisal.

PMID:
16784355
DOI:
10.1037/0893-164X.20.2.131
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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