The intention of this study was to better understand how certain aspects in a college student’s life (i.e., perceived stress, styles of coping, and social support) or how combinations of these variables may contribute to higher levels of alcohol consumption. The present study examined the relationship between perceived stress, functional coping strategies, dysfunctional coping strategies, and perceived social support using Lazarus and Folkman’s model of stress, appraisal, and coping. A sample of (N = 201) University of Denver undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25 completed measures of perceived stress, coping strategies, perceived social support, and alcohol use. Results of a hierarchical regression analysis indicated that utilization of functional coping strategies is a statistically significant predictor of lower levels of alcohol consumption.
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