Personality, alcohol use and the mediating role of alcohol-related protective behavioural strategies among college students

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Brady, Leah
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study is to determine whether the relationship between personality and alcohol use are mediated by protective behavioural strategies (PBS). Data was obtained using the PBS Scale (Martens et al., 2005) along with the Big Five Inventory (John & Srivastava, 1999) among an Irish college population. Results from a quantitative study consisting of a sample size of 125 showed that (a) gender differences do exist in relation to alcohol consumption and PBS use, and (b) that conscientiousness/ agreeableness and alcohol use are partially mediated by the use of PBS. It is anticipated that through research on PBS it may become helpful to include the concept of PBS into alcohol intervention programs with college students. Author keywords: College students, alcohol use