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Identifying at-risk youth. The moderating role of sensation seeking, sensitivity to peer pressure and self-control in the relation between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking intentions


Geusens, Femke; Bigman, Cabral; Beullens, Kathleen (2020). Identifying at-risk youth. The moderating role of sensation seeking, sensitivity to peer pressure and self-control in the relation between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking intentions. European journal of health communication, 1(1):7-29.

Abstract

Research indicates a positive relationship between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking behaviour. The current study extends that line of research by assessing the interaction of risk-related personality traits with alcohol-related social media use to examine whether social media can be used to identify individuals at risk for heavy drinking behaviour. The results of a cross-sectional survey among a sample of 638 college students (aged 18–25) indicate that the positive association between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking intentions was strongest for individuals with low levels of sensation seeking and sensitivity topeer pressure. There was no significant interaction between sharing alcohol references and self-control. These findings indicate that the relationship between sharing alcohol references and drinking intentions is not uniform for all individuals, and that risk-related individual differences should be considered in future research and interventions.

Abstract

Research indicates a positive relationship between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking behaviour. The current study extends that line of research by assessing the interaction of risk-related personality traits with alcohol-related social media use to examine whether social media can be used to identify individuals at risk for heavy drinking behaviour. The results of a cross-sectional survey among a sample of 638 college students (aged 18–25) indicate that the positive association between sharing alcohol references on social media and drinking intentions was strongest for individuals with low levels of sensation seeking and sensitivity topeer pressure. There was no significant interaction between sharing alcohol references and self-control. These findings indicate that the relationship between sharing alcohol references and drinking intentions is not uniform for all individuals, and that risk-related individual differences should be considered in future research and interventions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social media, alcohol, differential susceptibility, personality
Language:English
Date:1 October 2020
Deposited On:29 Jan 2021 14:21
Last Modified:08 Apr 2021 11:10
Publisher:University of Zurich, IKMZ – Department of Communication and Media Research
ISSN:2673-5903
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.47368/ejhc.2020.002

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