Social anxiety among young adult drinkers: The role of perceived norms and drinking motives

Ashley Linden, Cathy Lau-Barraco, Abby Braitman

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine the separate and combined influence of perceived norms, negative reinforcement drinking motives, and social anxiety on alcohol outcomes. Participants (N = 250) completed measures of injunctive norms, social anxiety, drinking motives, alcohol use, and alcohol-related problems. Data collection occurred in 2010. When examined separately, motives emerged as a stronger predictor of alcohol outcomes over norms. When tested jointly, findings suggest that for drinkers higher in social anxiety, normative perceptions are relevant and to such a degree that norms actually supersede their motivation to drink to conform. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-313
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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