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Honors Project




High school students-Alcohol use, High school students-Psychology, Drinking games, Alcohol expectancies, Drinking motives, Adolescents, Drinking of alcoholic beverages-Psychological aspects


Drinking among adolescents is a health-risk behavior that has been associated with short- and long-term consequences. Moreover, adolescents s participate in drinking games– a risky drinking practice designed to facilitate heavy alcohol consumption in a short period of time. Both alcohol expectancies and drinking motives have been identified as causes of alcohol consumption during adolescence. The present study examines both the direct effects of alcohol expectancies on both current alcohol consumption and drinking game participation, as well as the mediating role of drinking motives on these associations. Participants (n = 253) were local high school students who reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Path analyses revealed direct associations between (1) positive expectancy outcomes and both dependent variables, and (2) negative expectancy valuations and alcohol consumption. Indirect effects were found for positive expectancy outcomes and valuations with enhancement motives mediating associations with alcohol consumption, and social motives mediating association with drinking game participation. were partially mediated by enhancement drinking motives. Implications for intervention are discussed.




45 p. : ill. Honors Project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 32-39)