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Predicting Binge-Drinking Behaviour Using an Extended TPB: Examining the Impact of Anticipated Regret and Descriptive Norms

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Cooke, R and Sniehotta, F and Schuez, BEC, Predicting Binge-Drinking Behaviour Using an Extended TPB: Examining the Impact of Anticipated Regret and Descriptive Norms, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 42, (2) pp. 84-91. ISSN 0735-0414 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1093/alcalc/agl115

Abstract

Aims: To investigate the utility of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), including descriptive norms and anticipated regret, in predicting binge-drinking intentions and behaviour. Methods: A total of 178 undergraduates completed a questionnaire containing measures of TPB variables, descriptive norms, anticipated regret, and previous binge-drinking behaviour. One week later, 104 students completed a measure of binge-drinking behaviour. Results: Hierarchical regression demonstrated that attitudes (beta = 0.30, P < 0.001) and anticipated regret (beta = 0.47, P < 0.001) were significant predictors of intentions, with the final equation accounting for 58% of the variance. Hierarchial regression found that intentions (beta = –0.21, P < 0.05) and previous bingedrinking behaviour (beta = 0.36, P < 0.01) predicted current drinking behaviour, accounting for 33% of the variance. Conclusions: The study suggests that modifying attitudes and inducing regret may be effective strategies for reducing binge-drinking intentions among undergraduates, which should reduce subsequent binge-drinking behaviour.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Substance Abuse
Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:74487
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:64
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-12-02
Last Modified:2012-06-27
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