Many factors may contribute to forming attitudes towards alcohol, such as peer groups, family history, and media influences. This study focused on the inclusion of consequences in portrayals of alcohol-use and the possible influences on emerging adult attitudes towards alcohol. The emerging adult population represents a relatively newly defined developmental stage that roughly spans the ages of 18 to 25 years. Emerging adult attitudes towards alcohol were expected to vary positively or negatively after reading a vignette of alcohol-use that included a positive consequence, a negative consequence, or no consequence. Emerging adult attitudes did not vary by the alcohol-use consequences presented, and no difference was found between male and female attitudes towards alcohol. The null results may be due to a lack of control during the online survey procedure that led to ineffective exposure of the experimental stimuli. However, a small effect size of the vignette medium may also play a role in the null results, as no significant results were found when restricting analyses to participants with adequate stimulus exposure.
|Commitee:||Alvarez, Mildred, Van Selst, Mark|
|School:||San Jose State University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|Keywords:||Alcohol attitudes, Consequences, Emerging adults, Knowledgepanel, Online survey, Vignette|
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