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Interpersonal style as a predictor of alcohol -related problems in college -age high -risk drinkers

Elizabeth McMahon Burns, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study examined relationships among alcohol use, alcohol-related problems, and interpersonal style among a sample of college students referred for alcohol skills training as a result of violating campus alcohol policy at a large Midwestern university. Participants included 191 males and 87 females classified into two groups (i.e., High-Risk versus Low-Risk drinkers) according to scores on alcohol assessment instruments. Participants completed measures of alcohol use, alcohol-related problems, symptoms of alcohol dependence, alcohol expectancies and values, and interpersonal style. Results indicated no significant differences in extremity of interpersonal style between High- and Low-Risk drinkers, although there was a weak positive relationship found between interpersonal extremity and reported alcohol-related problems. Finally, interpersonal style was significantly related to certain alcohol-related expectancies and values. Implications of these results, along with suggestions for future research, are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Public Health|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Burns, Elizabeth McMahon, "Interpersonal style as a predictor of alcohol -related problems in college -age high -risk drinkers" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3074070.