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Predictors of mental health and the influence of alcohol in students at the University of Twente

Heling, O.M. (2020) Predictors of mental health and the influence of alcohol in students at the University of Twente.

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Abstract:Drinking alcohol has been proposed to harmfully contribute to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, but also their predictors loneliness and the (in)tolerance to uncertainty (TTU). However, the influence of alcohol on the relationships between these mental health problems has not been investigated specifically. This study sought to find whether alcohol could explain the existing relationships between mental health problems and their predictors. Students of the University of Twente (N = 1253) completed a set of self-report instruments measuring their drinking behavior, TTU, feelings of loneliness, symptoms of anxiety and feelings of depression. Mediation analyses of their response revealed significant positive associations between the TTU and depression, TTU and anxiety, loneliness and anxiety and loneliness and depression. Additionally, it revealed that alcohol does not mediate these associations. Moreover, the analyses suggest that alcohol consumption may actually decreases mental health problems. This could be explained by the fact that the sample completely consists of students. Students oftentimes join fraternities and associations in which a high amount of alcohol consumption seems to be the norm. However these fraternities and associations accommodate the opportunity for feelings of social security and belonging.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82846
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