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Sexism predicts alcohol use and motivations among college women with stronger alcohol identity

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zachary Petzel



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Guilford Publications, Inc., 2019.

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Nearly half of college students engage in risky alcohol use, and college women may be more likely than men to drink in excess. However, little research has examined predictors of alcohol use unique to college women. College women often experience sexism; however, whether sexism contributes to greater alcohol use is not well established. The present study assessed alcohol-related outcomes among college women, examining the interaction between sexism and alcohol identity, associations in memory between self and alcohol-related constructs. Part 1 found that greater anticipation of sexism predicted higher self-reported alcohol use among women strongly identifying with alcohol. Part 2 manipulated the presence of sexist feedback and assessed automatic alcohol action tendencies. Results indicated that women receiving sexist feedback and strongly identifying with alcohol exhibited greater automatic tendencies toward alcohol compared to women receiving non-sexist feedback. Results suggest that sexism may contribute to greater alcohol use among college women who strongly identify with alcohol.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Petzel ZW, Casad BJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Social Cognition

Year: 2019

Volume: 37

Issue: 3

Pages: 341-354

Print publication date: 01/06/2019

Online publication date: 01/06/2019

Acceptance date: 01/06/2017

Date deposited: 07/01/2021

ISSN (print): 0278-016X

ISSN (electronic): 1943-2798

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1521/soco.2019.37.3.341


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