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).
- sensation seeking vs tension reduction motives, alcohol use, college students
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health