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Cynthia Mohr

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors




Social phobia in adolescence, College students -- Alcohol use -- Social aspects, Undergraduates -- Substance use -- Psychological aspects, Young adults -- Alcohol use -- Psychological aspects, Binge drinking -- Psychological aspects




Alcohol use and social anxiety in college students are a public health concern due to continuous evidence of co-morbid Alcohol Use Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. The current study was a secondary analysis of a cross-sectional survey with undergraduate participants (N=1147, M age=26, 56% female) on the topics of social anxiety, drinking motives, and heavy episodic drinking. As hypothesized, social anxiety predicted the drinking to cope motivation, as well as the other drinking motivations. Drinking to cope also significantly predicted alcohol use in the sample. Alcohol consumption was at a hazardous level of consumption, though the relationship between social anxiety and alcohol use was found to be inconclusive. Further, this study represented a non-traditional college-aged student sample, demonstrating that the findings from traditional college-aged samples have been replicated.


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