Delay discounting is associated with substance use in college students.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study investigated whether a measure of delay discounting was associated with substance use variables in a sample of college students. Participants (N=47) completed a substance use survey and a delay-discounting measure that asked them to make a series of choices between a fixed amount of hypothetical money to be delivered immediately and a larger amount to be delivered after a range of delays. Discounting values were significantly associated with a number of substance use variables, most notably age of first alcohol use (r=-.34; P<.05), age of first smoking (r=-.51; P<.05), age of first marijuana use (r=-.48; P<.05), number of times "passed out" from alcohol use (r=.73; P<.01), and total number of illicit drugs used (r=.32; P<.05). Individuals reporting more illicit drug use and younger ages of first use tend to discount the value of future hypothetical rewards more steeply than their peers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kollins, SH

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1167 - 1173

PubMed ID

  • 12834659

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0306-4603(02)00220-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England