TitleProcesses underlying dysfunctional interpersonal behavior and the prediction of drinking outcomes
NameReel, Dorian Hunter (author), Epstein, Elizabeth E (chair), McCrady, Barbara S (internal member), Bates, Marsha (internal member), Larimer, Mary (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
DescriptionThe present study tested a theoretically-derived model of several proposed underlying processes of dysfunctional interpersonal behavior (impulsivity, compulsivity, emotion dysregulation and rejection sensitivity) and the relationships among dysfunctional interpersonal behavior, low social support and problem alcohol use. Support was found for three of the proposed underlying processes of dysfunctional interpersonal behavior- emotion dysregulation, rejection sensitivity and compulsivity were found to statistically predict dysfunctional interpersonal behavior in the expected direction. However, impulsivity was found to be associated with dysfunctional interpersonal behavior in the direction opposite to that that which was hypothesized. Support was also found for the hypothesized relationship between dysfunctional interpersonal behavior and low social support, though social support was associated with problem drinking in the direction opposite to that which was hypothesized. Limitations of this study included the restricted nature of the sample (all college students), the atypical racial composition of the sample, and the cross-sectional design of the study. Future studies should examine the proposed model in a clinical sample of individuals with Alcohol Use Disorders. Such studies should also utilize longitudinal designs and incorporate multiple measures of constructs.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Dorian Hunter Reel
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.