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Predicting Binge-Drinking Behaviour Using an Extended TPB: Examining the Impact of Anticipated Regret and Descriptive Norms

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posted on 2023-05-17, 09:22 authored by Cooke, R, Sniehotta, F, Benjamin SchuezBenjamin Schuez
Aims: To investigate the utility of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), including descriptive norms and anticipated regret, in predicting binge-drinking intentions and behaviour. Methods: A total of 178 undergraduates completed a questionnaire containing measures of TPB variables, descriptive norms, anticipated regret, and previous binge-drinking behaviour. One week later, 104 students completed a measure of binge-drinking behaviour. Results: Hierarchical regression demonstrated that attitudes (beta = 0.30, P < 0.001) and anticipated regret (beta = 0.47, P < 0.001) were significant predictors of intentions, with the final equation accounting for 58% of the variance. Hierarchial regression found that intentions (beta = –0.21, P < 0.05) and previous bingedrinking behaviour (beta = 0.36, P < 0.01) predicted current drinking behaviour, accounting for 33% of the variance. Conclusions: The study suggests that modifying attitudes and inducing regret may be effective strategies for reducing binge-drinking intentions among undergraduates, which should reduce subsequent binge-drinking behaviour.


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Alcohol and Alcoholism








School of Psychological Sciences


Oxford Univ Press

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Great Clarendon St, Oxford, England, Ox2 6Dp

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