Need for affect and attitudes toward drugs: The mediating role of values

Gabriel Lins de Holanda Coelho, Paul H. P. Hanel, Roosevelt Vilar, Renan P Monteiro, Valdiney V Gouveia, Gregory R Maio

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Abstract

Human values and affective traits were found to predict attitudes toward the use of different types of drugs (e.g., alcohol, marijuana, and other illegal drugs). In this study (N = 196, M age = 23.09), we aimed to gain a more comprehensive understanding of those predictors of attitudes toward drug use in a mediated structural equation model, providing a better overview of a possible motivational path that drives to such a risky behavior. Specifically, we predicted and found that the relations between need for affect and attitudes toward drug use were mediated by excitement values. Also, results showed that excitement values and need for affect positively predicted attitudes toward the use of drugs, whereas normative values predicted it negatively. The pattern of results remained the same when we investigated attitudes toward alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs separately. Overall, the findings indicate that emotions operate via excitement and normative values to influence risk behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2232-2239
Number of pages8
JournalSubstance Use & Misuse
Volume53
Issue number13
Early online date4 May 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Need for affect; emotions; human values; attitudes; drugs; alcohol

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Need for affect and attitudes toward drugs: The mediating role of values. / Coelho, Gabriel Lins de Holanda; Hanel, Paul H. P.; Vilar, Roosevelt; Monteiro, Renan P; Gouveia, Valdiney V; Maio, Gregory R.

In: Substance Use & Misuse, Vol. 53, No. 13, 2018, p. 2232-2239.

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Coelho, Gabriel Lins de Holanda ; Hanel, Paul H. P. ; Vilar, Roosevelt ; Monteiro, Renan P ; Gouveia, Valdiney V ; Maio, Gregory R. / Need for affect and attitudes toward drugs: The mediating role of values. In: Substance Use & Misuse. 2018 ; Vol. 53, No. 13. pp. 2232-2239.
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