ERIC Number: EJ1160083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
An Examination of the Impact of Maladaptive Coping on the Association between Stressor Type and Alcohol Use in College
Metzger, Isha W.; Blevins, Claire; Calhoun, Casey D.; Ritchwood, Tiarney D.; Gilmore, Amanda K.; Stewart, Regan; Bountress, Kaitlin E.
Journal of American College Health, v65 n8 p534-541 2017
Objective: Examine the impact of maladaptive coping style on the association between source of stress (academic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, environmental) and alcohol use (consumption, heavy episodic drinking, driving under the influence) among college students. Participants: 1,027 college students completed an online survey in April 2014. Methods: To test the mediating effects of maladaptive coping on the association between academic stress and alcohol use variables, indirect effects were examined using the PROCESS analytical framework for SPSS. Results: Maladaptive coping and academic stress were associated with alcohol use outcomes. Moreover, maladaptive coping mediated the relationship between academic stress and two of three alcohol use outcomes (consumption, heavy episodic drinking). Conclusions: Among college students, the association between academic stress and alcohol use may be driven by maladaptive coping. College students may benefit from interventions that seek to improve coping skills, potentially alleviating the burden of academic stress and decreasing problematic alcohol use.
Descriptors: Coping, Adjustment (to Environment), Stress Management, Stress Variables, Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, College Students, Student Surveys, Likert Scales, High School Students, Health Behavior, Risk, National Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DA02561604; T32MH18869