Alcohol-related associative strength and drinking behaviours: concurrent and prospective relationships

Kelly, Adrian B., Masterman, Paul W. and Marlatt, G. Alan (2005) Alcohol-related associative strength and drinking behaviours: concurrent and prospective relationships. Drug And Alcohol Review, 24 6: 489-498.


Author Kelly, Adrian B.
Masterman, Paul W.
Marlatt, G. Alan
Title Alcohol-related associative strength and drinking behaviours: concurrent and prospective relationships
Journal name Drug And Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230500337675
Volume 24
Issue 6
Start page 489
End page 498
Total pages 10
Editor J. B. Saunders
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, UK
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
730205 Substance abuse
Abstract The first part of this research assessed the longitudinal relationships between alcohol- related associative strength and alcohol use measured at two time- points, 6 months apart. Cross-lagged results support the utility of alcohol- related associative strength to predict drinking behaviours prospectively and vice versa. These results remained after competing explanations of previous use, autocorrelations between memory measures, sensation seeking and background variables of age and gender were accounted for. Findings offer further evidence for an implicit cognitions approach to drinking processes. In the second part of our study, cross-sectional analysis investigated potential mediating mechanisms in the relation of associative strength to quantity and frequency dimensions of drinking. Mediational models provide preliminary evidence that implicit memory processes may have differential effects on quantity and frequency dimensions of drinking behaviours. The results point to the possibility that increasing awareness of implicit alcohol-related associations may have utility in interventions for young adults.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Associative Strength
Alcohol Consumption
Implicit Memory
Young Adults
Identification Test Audit
Sensation Seeking
Adolescent Drinking
Australian Women
Marijuana Use
Drug-use
Expectancies
Consumption
Models
Intervention
Q-Index Code C1

 
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