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Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009 Feb;17(1):31-42. doi: 10.1037/a0014961.

Relations between anxiety sensitivity, distress tolerance, and fear reactivity to bodily sensations to coping and conformity marijuana use motives among young adult marijuana users.

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1
University of Vermont, Department of Psychology.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Haifa.
3
Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System.

Abstract

The present investigation examines anxiety sensitivity, distress tolerance, and fear reactivity to bodily sensations in relation to Coping and Conformity marijuana use motives among a sample of young adult marijuana users (n = 135; 46.7% women; Mage = 20.45, SD = 5.0). After controlling for current marijuana use frequency (past 30 days), daily cigarette smoking rate, average volume of alcohol used over the past year, negative affectivity, and other marijuana use motives, anxiety sensitivity was significantly and uniquely associated with Coping and Conformity motives for marijuana use. Distress tolerance evidenced significant and unique incremental relations to Coping motives, whereas fear reactivity to bodily sensations was unrelated to any marijuana use motive. These results provide novel information related to the role of emotional sensitivity and tolerance factors as they pertain to specific types of motives for marijuana use among young adults.

PMID:
19186932
PMCID:
PMC3215396
DOI:
10.1037/a0014961
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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