Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa Harlow

Abstract

A motivational model of alcohol use, developed by Cooper and her colleagues in 1995, was replicated and extended by incorporating social antecedents and motives, which were originally introduced by Read and her colleagues in 2003. Additionally, conformity motives of alcohol use and its antecedents, which were originally introduced by Cooper (1994) and an exogenous variable of relationship satisfaction were introduced to expand and test a cross-sectional model in a sample of firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (FF/EMTs). Participants (N ︎ 205) completed a questionnaire battery assessing alcohol use, alcohol expectancies, sensation seeking, stress factors, social influences, and drinking motives. These findings point to the importance of stress factors and coping motives when considering a population of professional FF/EMTs.

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