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Clinton Layne, Elsie Dotson, David Shiek

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Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The relationship between measured self-concept and the drinking patterns of college students was examined by this study. Three groups of male students and three groups of female students were categorized as heavy, moderate-light, or infrequent drinkers-abstainers based upon their descriptions of personal drinking patterns. The Tennessee Self Concept Scale (TSCS) was administered to all students, and groups were compared using Total Positive and Self Criticism TSCS subscale scores. No significant sex differences were found using either the Total Positive or Self Criticism subscale scores. It was found that significant differences relative to degree of drinking existed between the groups on the Total Positive self-concept variable. The heavy drinking group differed significantly from the moderate-light drinking and the infrequent drinking-abstaining groups. Significant differences relative to degree of drinking were also indicated using the Self Criticism self-concept variable. Duncan's procedure revealed that the infrequent drinking-abstaining group differed significantly from the moderate-light and infrequent drinking-abstaining groups. The results were generally supportive of previous research and suggest the possibility of self-concept being etiologically important in the development of problem drinking. There is an apparent need for further research in this area as demonstrated by the available literature and this study. vii


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