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The Influence of Personality and Cultural Aspects on Binge Drinking and Excessive Gaming

Müller, Kathrin (2011) The Influence of Personality and Cultural Aspects on Binge Drinking and Excessive Gaming.

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Abstract:Binge drinking can lead to serious consequences as blackouts, injuries, academic failure, car accidents, or hazardous sexual behavior. Excessive gaming, too, can lead to undesirable outcomes as academic failure, social isolation, or depression. This study attempts to investigate how personality and cultural variables serve as risk factors and if both problem behaviors belong to the same construct. The Twente Model of Binge Drinking serves as a guideline for investigation. Adolescents of 16-20 years of age (N=201) successfully completed the online- or paper-survey. The data showed that hopelessness/introversion and anxiety sensitivity are negatively correlated with binge drinking, whereas sensation seeking and impulsiveness were positively associated with drinking. Also, it several cultural aspects are connected with binge drinking: the alcohol-related rules that parents provide, the respect the adolescent has towards his parents, leisure activities and visiting ‘keten’. The rules and social-entertainment activities moderated the relationship of hopelessness and binge drinking. Impulsiveness and hopelessness were positively associated with gaming. It could not be concluded that both behaviors belong to one construct. Further investigation is needed to confirm these findings.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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