Do changes in drinking motives mediate the relation between personality change and "maturing out" of problem drinking?

@article{Littlefield2010DoCI,
  title={Do changes in drinking motives mediate the relation between personality change and "maturing out" of problem drinking?},
  author={Andrew K Littlefield and Kenneth J Sher and Phillip K. Wood},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  year={2010},
  volume={119 1},
  pages={93-105}
}
Recent research has indicated that developmental changes in the personality traits of neuroticism and impulsivity correlate with changes in problem drinking during emerging and young adulthood. However, it remains unclear what potential mechanisms, or mediators, could account for these associations. Drinking motives, particularly drinking to regulate negative affect (drinking to cope) and to get "high" or "drunk" (drinking for enhancement), have been posited to mediate the relationship between… CONTINUE READING

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