Normative Beliefs, Expectancies, and Alcohol-related Problems among College Students: Implications for Theory and Practice

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David L. Wyrick, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This investigation (1) examined the interrelations among normative beliefs, alcohol expectancies, and alcohol-related problems and (2) investigated whether alcohol-related expectancies mediate associations between normative beliefs and alcohol-related problems. Participants were 65 undergraduate college students who were participating in the evaluation of an alcohol education curriculum (Wyrick & Fearnow-Kenney 2002). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses provided support for one of the central tenets of social learning theory: that alcohol expectancies mediate the relationship between normative beliefs (the prevalence and acceptance of alcohol use) and alcohol-related socio-emotional and community problems. When differences in the operational definition of normative beliefs are considered, findings are consistent with previous research of the mediational role of alcohol expectancies. Implications for theory and alcohol education are discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 2001
Alcohol Education, Alcohol-Related Problems, College Students, Drinking, Normative Beliefs

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