Drinking to regulate negative romantic relationship interactions: The moderating role of self-esteem

Tracy DeHart, Howard Tennen, Stephen Armeli, Michael Todd, Glenn Affleck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Scopus citations

Abstract

A 30-day diary study examined the relations among trait self-esteem, negative romantic relationship interactions, and alcohol consumption. Multilevel analyses revealed that people with low trait self-esteem (compared with people with high trait self-esteem) drank more on days when they experienced more negative relationship interactions with their romantic partners. In addition, daily increases in state self-esteem buffered people with low trait self-esteem from the desire to drink in response to negative romantic relationship interactions. In contrast, participants with high and low self-esteem both decreased their drinking in response to negative non-romantic relationship events, but people with low self-esteem decreased their drinking less. These findings suggest that people with low trait self-esteem may drink as a way to regulate unfulfilled needs for acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-538
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Close relationships
  • Feelings of acceptance
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Drinking to regulate negative romantic relationship interactions: The moderating role of self-esteem'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this