Adolescent predictors of social and coping drinking motives in early adulthood

Chelsie D. Temmen, Lisa J. Crockett

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Although motivations to use alcohol have been shown to predict alcohol use and alcohol-related problems, little is known about how drinking motives develop. This study identified antecedents in adolescence of social and coping motives for drinking in early adulthood. Data came from a longitudinal study of youths in the eastern U.S. (N = 451) followed from secondary school into early adulthood (52.4% female; Mage = 23.01; SD = 1.03). In a structural equation analysis, frequency of drunkenness and peer alcohol use positively predicted young adult social motives, whereas only frequency of drunkenness predicted coping motives. These findings indicate that alcohol use behaviors and social relationships in adolescence may contribute to the development of adult drinking motives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Adolescence
  • Alcohol use
  • Drinking motives
  • Early adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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