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Family History, Sensation Seeking and Impulsivity as Predictors of Alcohol Abuse
Yurasek, Allison M.

2008, Master of Arts, Marietta College, Psychology.
The present research examined family history, sensation seeking, and impulsivity as predictors ofalcohol abuse. Past studies have shown that alcohol abuse seems to have a genetic influence, yet
personality traits such as sensation seeking and impulsivity have also been shown to relate to
problematic use. The purpose of this research is to investigate these issues further, as well as
examine the utility of the TOVA as a measure of impulsivity. It was hypothesized that sensation
seeking and impulsivity will be better predictors of alcohol abuse in college students compared
to family history. This hypothesis was supported to an extent. Replicating prior research
sensation seeking was a significant predictor of alcohol abuse in college students. Impulsivity
was only a significant predictor when the BIS measure was used; however its unique
contribution was eliminated once sensation seeking was added to the model. These finding
suggest that the TOVA is not a better behavioral measure of impulsivity, nor is family history a
significant predictor of problematic drinking in this sample.
Ryan K. May, PhD (Advisor)
Mark Sibicky, PhD (Committee Member)
40 p.

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