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Can Personality Account for Differences in Drinking Between College Athletes and Non-Athletes? Explaining the Role of Sensation Seeking, Risk-Taking, and Impulsivity

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 43 Issue: 1 Dated: 2013 Pages: 81-95
Nadine R. Mastroleo, Ph.D.; Nichole Scaglione, M.S.; Kimberly A. Mallett, Ph.D.; Rob Turrisi, Ph.D.
Date Published
15 pages
This study explored whether differences in personality accounts for differing rates of alcohol consumption for college athletes and non-athletes.
Collegiate athletes are an at-risk population for high risk drinking and related consequences when compared to the general college student population. However, little is known about how aspects of an individual's personality contribute to this relationship, making intervention efforts challenging. The current study examined sensation seeking, risk-taking, and impulsivity as methods of explaining the relationship between athlete and non-athlete drinking behaviors. Findings suggested athletes drank significantly more than non-athletes and this relationship seemed to function through sensation seeking and risk-taking. The role these characteristics play as risk or protective factors for high risk drinking and implications for interventions prioritizing athletes are discussed. (Published Abstract)