Alcohol use motives among traumatic event-exposed, treatment-seeking adolescents: associations with posttraumatic stress

Addict Behav. 2009 Dec;34(12):1065-8. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.06.008. Epub 2009 Jul 5.


The current study evaluated the linkage between posttraumatic stress symptoms and alcohol use motives among 49 traumatic event-exposed adolescents (M(age)=16.39 years). It was hypothesized that posttraumatic stress symptom levels would be positively associated with coping-related drinking motives specifically (cf., social, enhancement, or conformity motives) and that coping-related drinking motives would evidence associations with the hyperarousal and reexperiencing posttraumatic stress symptom types. Findings were consistent with hypotheses, suggesting traumatic event-exposed adolescents may be using alcohol to manage posttraumatic stress symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*