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Urgency Traits and Problematic Substance Use in Adolescence: Direct Effects and Moderation of Perceived Peer Use

Stautz, Kaidy and Cooper, Andrew. 2014. Urgency Traits and Problematic Substance Use in Adolescence: Direct Effects and Moderation of Perceived Peer Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(2), pp. 487-497. ISSN 0893-164X [Article]

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Negative and positive urgency are facets of trait impulsivity that have been identified as possible risk factors for problematic substance use. Relationships between these traits and substance use measures have not yet been widely investigated in adolescents. In the current study, a sample of 270 adolescent students completed self-report measures of impulsivity-related traits, their alcohol and cannabis use, problematic use, and perceived peer use. Zero-inflated negative binomial regression models indicated that both urgency traits accounted for significant variance in problematic alcohol and cannabis use scores, even after accounting for nonurgency impulsivity traits and typical substance consumption. Furthermore, both urgency traits moderated the positive association between perceived peer alcohol use and individual problematic use. Results indicate that the urgency traits show a direct association with problematic substance use in adolescence, and that high urgency adolescents who believe their peers drink high levels of alcohol may be at increased risk of problematic alcohol use.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1037/a0034346

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2014Published

Item ID:

9244

Date Deposited:

25 Oct 2013 09:22

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:16

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9244
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