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Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Aggression in Young People: Sexual, Social and Personal Motivations

By Simon Levinson


The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.The study sought to draw the elements of evolutionary theory, social context and personality drives together to investigate the combination of these influences on the levels of alcohol consumption and the scale of alcohol-related aggression. It was hypothesised that the measure of the evolutionary concept of Mating Effort would be significantly positively associated with scores on two selected factors of an alcohol-related aggression questionnaire, as well as with quantities of alcohol consumption. It was also predicted that amount of social contexts and the personality factor of Neuroticism would also be correlated in the same direction to these three variables as Mating Effort, whilst Agreeableness and Conscientiousness would be negatively associated with them. A questionnaire retrieved data for young adults’ drinking behaviours and motivations for consuming alcohol. Correlations were conducted, while further analyses including multiple regressions were carried out to further examine the subject in finer detail. Gender differences were also investigated. The most illuminating finding was that problem drinkers are not always those who carry out alcohol-related aggression. It was also found that alcohol aggression is driven by sexual drive and a natural propensity for disagreeableness, and that this is more likely to occur in males.University of Leiceste

Year: 2010
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