Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Stephanie L. Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

Second Advisor

Stephen Poteau, PhD

Third Advisor

David Rubenstein, PsyD


Coping was examined as a potential predictor for alcohol consumption with an undergraduate college population. Eighty-nine undergraduate students in the United States participated in the study by completing a survey between February and October 2016. A hierarchical multiple regression was used to analyze whether specific coping styles predict problematic drinking among undergraduate college students who report experiences of perceived stress. The following self-report questionnaires measured the variables: the subjective portion of the Perceived Stress Scale, Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form (CSI-S), Cahalan’s (1969) Quantity Frequency Index, and a background demographic questionnaire developed to assess basic demographic information. Findings revealed that weekend drinking was predicted by emotion-focused disengagement. Students with higher scores on the emotion-focused disengagement reported more problematic weekend drinking than other study participants. This study expanded upon existing literature by further clarifying the correlation between stress and drinking among undergraduate college students.

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