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ERIC Number: EJ888027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Controlled Substance-Related Beliefs and Use: Relationships to Undergraduates' Creative Personality Traits
Plucker, Jonathan A.; McNeely, Andrea; Morgan, Carla
Journal of Creative Behavior, v43 n2 p94-101 2009
The relationship between creativity and various mind-altering substances--especially alcohol--has been a popular topic among creativity researchers and the public at large. Yet experimental studies have found little evidence that alcohol use has a causal influence on creativity, with most studies of creative production showing negative or neutral effects. However, the impact of high levels of creativity on future alcohol use (i.e., the reciprocal relationship) has been rarely studied. The present study examined the relationship between creative personality characteristics, use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and alcohol-related beliefs among 431 undergraduates. Results of correlational and t-test analyses suggest that creative personality is not significantly correlated with use of these three controlled substances, and that the relationships between personality scores and self-reported beliefs about alcohol are generally weak, with notable exceptions. The paper concludes with specific recommendations regarding research on the relationship between creativity and the use of controlled-substances. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adjective Check List; Core Alcohol and Drug Survey