Reactance Theory: A Test With Collegiate Drinking

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The article “Reactance Theory: A Test With Collegiate Drinking” was written by Ruth Engs and David Hanson in 1989 at Indiana University, Bloomington and State University of New York College at Potsdam. A natural tendency in most people is to push back against those who threaten our freedom in some form or another and college students are no exception. Drinking among college students has always been a tradition (Engs & Hanson, 1989). The point of the experiment was to demonstrate that college students under the legal drinking age will react to raised legal drinking age of 21 and drink more.
Since 1987, the legal age to purchase alcohol was raised to 21 years old nationwide. The point of the study was to prove

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