Turning on or turning off: Sensation seeking or tension reduction as motivational determinants of alcohol use

Raymond M. Schwarz, Barry R. Burkhart, Samuel B. Green

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Abstract

Assessed the relative influences of sensation-seeking or tension-reduction motives on drinking behavior with 242 undergraduates who completed the Sensation Seeking Scale, the S-R Inventory of General Trait Anxiousness, and a self-report index of drinking behavior. Using correlational and multiple regression procedures, the data consistently indicated a strong positive relationship between sensation seeking and alcohol use, whereas the relationship between anxiety and alcohol use was nonsignificant. The importance of sensation-seeking motives to a comprehensive motivational theory of alcohol is discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1144-1145
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1978

Keywords

  • sensation seeking vs tension reduction motives, alcohol use, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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