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The Relationship Between Identity Development And Alcohol Consumption

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The experiment, identity development and alcohol consumption: Current and retrospective self-reports by college students, examines time period of adolescence that many individuals began to experiment with alcohol. During the same time period is when adolescents typically began to protract psychological process of forging an identity. During these years individuals begin to format a sense of self that provides a direction for their future. The study suggests that alcohol behavior may be a contributor to this sense of self development. The purpose of this experiment was to replicate Bishop et al. (1997) study. The Bishop et al. (1997) study found that changes in consumption of alcohol over time has an effect on identity development. Individuals that had a definite identity growth reported a lower increase in consumption opposed to those whose identity development was stable or regressive. The hypothesis for the experiment, identity development and alcohol consumption: Current and retrospective self-reports by college students predicted an inverse linear relationship between identity sophistication and the annual index of alcohol…show more content…
Seventy-three percent reported an increase of alcohol consumption from their junior year. Twenty-one percent reported abstaining from alcohol and thirty-one percent reported from abstaining consumption in high school to consuming in college. Respondents were classified into three groups for identity which was based off of their junior year and first year in college identity status. Those showing progressive identity development were classified as progressive. Respondents whose identity did not change were labeled as stable. Lastly, those who decreased in sophisticated identity were classified as regressive. The amount of change in consumption was calculated for all the identity status category. The progressive status had an overall lower change than the regressive or
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