Title

Are There Social Benefits? Exploring the Role of Positive Consequences in the Relationship Between Social Anxiety Symptoms and Negative Drinking Consequences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-16-2017

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Research has shown that college students with social anxiety experience more alcohol-related negative consequences, regardless of the amount of alcohol they consume. To better understand this relationship, it is important to examine social anxiety as a multidimensional construct, as well as explore the positive outcomes these students experience from drinking. The current study sought to examine the impact of positive drinking consequences on the relationship between behavioral (i.e. interaction and performance-type) and cognitive (i.e. fear of negative evaluation) social anxiety symptoms and alcohol-related negative consequences. Participants were 544 traditional age college students who reported consuming alcohol in the past month and completed measures of social anxiety symptoms, positive drinking consequences, and alcohol-related negative consequences. Positive drinking consequences moderated the relationship between social anxiety and alcohol-related negative consequences, such that students with more fear of negative evaluation and that experienced more positive drinking consequences reported more negative drinking consequences. Future directions and implications are discussed.

Publication Title

Addiction Research & Theory

Volume

26

Issue

4

First Page

275

Last Page

281

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