Abstract

Past research has shown a positive relationship between alcohol consumption and alcohol related consequences. Protective behavioral strategies (PBS) are able to lower the negative effects of drinking alcohol, however, the protective effects of PBS at times is moderated by situational circumstances or individual differences. This study looks at the cognitive metaphor of being a Head or Heart person and the moderating effects it has on PBS and alcohol consumption and alcohol related consequences. Participants completed the AUDIT-C to measure drinking habits, the PBSS to asses strategy usage, the YAAQC to measure drinking problems and a self-report single item measure for Head versus Heart identification. It was found that those who identify themselves as Head people have a stronger relationship between PBS use and alcohol consumption which in turn showed a stronger negative relationship between PBS use and alcohol related consequences via alcohol use. These findings suggest that PBS have stronger protective effects within those who identify themselves as Head people.

Thesis Completion

2019

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Dvorak, Robert

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Clinical Psychology

Language

English

Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

1 year

Release Date

12-1-2020

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