An examination of the impact of maladaptive coping on the association between stressor type and alcohol use in college.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Examine the impact of maladaptive coping style on the association between source of stress (academic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, environmental) and alcohol use (consumption, heavy episodic drinking, driving under the influence) among college students. PARTICIPANTS: 1,027 college students completed an online survey in April 2014. METHODS: To test the mediating effects of maladaptive coping on the association between academic stress and alcohol use variables, indirect effects were examined using the PROCESS analytical framework for SPSS. RESULTS: Maladaptive coping and academic stress were associated with alcohol use outcomes. Moreover, maladaptive coping mediated the relationship between academic stress and two of three alcohol use outcomes (consumption, heavy episodic drinking). CONCLUSIONS: Among college students, the association between academic stress and alcohol use may be driven by maladaptive coping. College students may benefit from interventions that seek to improve coping skills, potentially alleviating the burden of academic stress and decreasing problematic alcohol use.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Metzger, IW; Blevins, C; Calhoun, CD; Ritchwood, TD; Gilmore, AK; Stewart, R; Bountress, KE

Published Date

  • 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 534 - 541

PubMed ID

  • 28708021

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6134834

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-3208

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07448481.2017.1351445


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States