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ERIC Number: ED106678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 12
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Elicitation of Anger and Opportunity for Retaliation as Determinants of Alcohol Consumption.
Kosturn, Carole F.; Marlatt, G. Alan
In an attempt to test the role of situational factors on alcohol consumption, this laboratory study was designed to determine if angered subjects would drink more in a tasting task than nonangered subjects. It was hypothesized (1) that subjects who were angered would drink more in the tasting task than control subjects; and (2) that subjects who were given an opportunity to retaliate against their provoker would drink less than subjects who were angered without an opportunity to retaliate. Sixty college students served as subjects and qualified for the study by scoring in the heavy drinker category of the Drinking Habits Questionnaire. Paired subjects were either assigned to the experimental group with angered conditions or the no-anger control condition. The main findings of the experiment were consistent with the prediction that subjects in the angered condition would drink significantly more than subjects in the anger-with-retaliation condition. The results also provided support for the hypothesis that certain situations are more likely to lead to relapse in alcoholics following treatment. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 1974)