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Access Type

WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Emily Grekin

Abstract

Past research on problem alcohol use in college students has found a strong and fairly consistent relationship between two broadband personality dimensions (viz., negative emotionality, behavioral undercontrol) and problem alcohol use (PAU), but has failed to examine possible mechanisms that account for this relationship. The present study sought to examine the extent to which negative problem orientation (NPO) accounted for the relationship between these broadband personality constructs and PAU in a sample of 593 college students. As expected, behavioral undercontrol was found to be a significant predictor of PAU, but unfortunately, neither negative emotionality nor NPO were meaningfully related to PAU. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.