An Analysis of Drinking Motives in the Maintenance of Co-Occuring Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Alcohol Use
This study assessed the mediating role of drinking motives (enhancement, social, conformity, and coping) in the relationship between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and alcohol consumption and its resulting health risks. The final sample included (n = 1966) participants sourced from the Research Match Platform, the majority of which (76.30%) were female and non-Hispanic White (86.10%), but diverse in terms of age (M = 47.72; SD = 17.91). Participants answered an online questionnaire containing several measures related to substance use and anxiety symptoms. It was hypothesized that anxiety sensitivity would increase the predictive ability of a linear regression predicting alcohol outcomes from obsessive-compulsive symptoms but would not lead to the non-significance of the coping pathway in a mediation model where the relationship between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and alcohol outcomes were measured indirectly through drinking motives. Both of these hypotheses were verified by our analyses along with the emergence of other specific indirect pathways not found in other examinations of obsessive-compulsive symptoms and alcohol use. All significant paths were of a small scaling. This study exhibited several limitations due to the COVID -19 pandemic and utilized methodologies. Future studies should examine these relationships in samples which vary more with respect to sex, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
Randazza, Michael Phillip, "An Analysis of Drinking Motives in the Maintenance of Co-Occuring Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Alcohol Use" (2022). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29326897.