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Emotion dysregulation and coping drinking motives in college women.

Research paper by Terri L TL Messman-Moore, Rose Marie RM Ward

Indexed on: 19 Mar '14Published on: 19 Mar '14Published in: American journal of health behavior



Abstract

To examine emotion dysregulation as a predictor of coping drinking motives, alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related problems among college women.In the cross-sectional study, 424 college women completed confidential surveys assessing the variables of interest.Structural equation models suggest an indirect relationship between emotion dysregulation and alcohol variables. Emotion dysregulation predicted drinking coping motives, and drinking motives predicted both alcohol-related problems and heavy drinking.In college women, interventions which target emotion dysregulation may indirectly reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems via a decrease in coping drinking motives. Implications for future research will be discussed.