Title

Alcohol Abuse by University Students and its Relationship to Sociomoral Reasoning

Abstract

The domain approach to sociomoral reasoning is concerned with how individuals view decisions about the use of alcohol. This investigation examined the relationship between episodes of binge drinking by undergraduates (N=592) and the extent to which students saw decisions about alcohol-use as involving five domains of sociomoral reasoning: personal choice, morality, social convention, prudentially acceptable, and prudentially unacceptable concerns. Overall, the results showed that the undergraduates who abused alcohol the most used their thinking skills in an immature manner which emphasized personal choice and the lack of rules against drinking and denied possible personal and interpersonal harm from alcohol-use and abuse. Implications of these findings for college alcohol education programs are discussed regarding the importance of taking into account the values that students possess with regard to the decisions they make about alcohol-use.

Department(s)

Psychological Science

Comments

Frances M. Montgomery published as Frances M. Haemmerlie

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Compulsive behavior
Drinking behavior

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1999 American Alcohol and Drug Information Foundation, All rights reserved.

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