The impact of gender role ideology, gender role identity, reflective norms, and the mediational effects of drinking motives on female college student alcohol consumption
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Heavy drinking causes many problems for female college students including academic deficiency, social issues, and an increased risk for sexual assault. This study aimed to create a model of female college student drinking in order to determine the cause of the increase in female university student drinking over the past 25 years. A path analysis was run to examine this model and found masculinity, femininity, reflective norms, drinking for coping motives, and drinking for conformity motives to significantly predict alcohol use among college females. Significant indirect effects were also discovered from sex-role egalitarianism to alcohol use through coping motives and conformity motives and from reflective norms to alcohol use through coping motives. These results further expand the knowledge base on female college student alcohol use and may be used to direct further research and create more comprehensive models of alcohol use.