Presenter Information

Liberty EfirdFollow

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

social motives, alcohol use, social pressure

Biography

I am from Huntington, WV and I am a first generation college student. I am a junior and my major is psychology. I am doing this project for the clinical practicum capstone that I am currently in.

Major

Psychology

Advisor for this project

Penny Koontz

Start Date

18-4-2019 9:15 AM

End Date

18-4-2019 10:30 AM

Abstract

Abstract

This literature review examines the relationship between social motives and alcohol use. Social motives are characterized by an individual trying to achieve a desired goal and it influences how they act around others. For example, someone might drink due to social pressure. Alcohol use disorder is when a person drinks a significant amount of alcohol consistently and is unable to cut down the amount that they use. As a result, the individual exhibits impairment in daily functioning. There is evidence that suggests young adults may start to drink to become part of social groups. When they become part of social groups, they may learn through positive reinforcement to continue to drink so that they stay connected with them. There is also evidence that suggests that high school students and college students who are socially motivated may drink more heavily than others. Based on the current literature, it may be beneficial to examine the effect of social motives for intervention programs. A limitation in the literature review is that many of the studies focused on different European groups. For example, one study looked at just adolescents from Italy and another study looked only at Southern and Northern European college students. This makes it difficult to generalize the information to everyone. As a result, when further research is conducted the researchers need to look at more than just one subset.

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Apr 18th, 9:15 AM Apr 18th, 10:30 AM

Social Motives Impact on Alcohol Use

Abstract

This literature review examines the relationship between social motives and alcohol use. Social motives are characterized by an individual trying to achieve a desired goal and it influences how they act around others. For example, someone might drink due to social pressure. Alcohol use disorder is when a person drinks a significant amount of alcohol consistently and is unable to cut down the amount that they use. As a result, the individual exhibits impairment in daily functioning. There is evidence that suggests young adults may start to drink to become part of social groups. When they become part of social groups, they may learn through positive reinforcement to continue to drink so that they stay connected with them. There is also evidence that suggests that high school students and college students who are socially motivated may drink more heavily than others. Based on the current literature, it may be beneficial to examine the effect of social motives for intervention programs. A limitation in the literature review is that many of the studies focused on different European groups. For example, one study looked at just adolescents from Italy and another study looked only at Southern and Northern European college students. This makes it difficult to generalize the information to everyone. As a result, when further research is conducted the researchers need to look at more than just one subset.