Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

4-21-2022

Abstract

Young adults who use substances have been shown to struggle with emotion regulation, while those who struggle to regulate positive emotions also have greater drug misuse and severity. Motives to use drugs or alcohol have also been tied to substance use problems, with coping motives being the most significantly associated with the worst use related outcomes. Emotion regulation is motivated by the achievement of desired emotional states, yet there is little research so far, considering the ways in which emotion regulation and motives are associated with each other. This study aims to assess the ways in which emotion dysregulation may be associated with cannabis use problems as measured by the Marijuana Motives Measure. Participants were college students (N=75) who completed an online survey for credit in a psychology course. Pearson Product Moment Correlations were used to assess the relationship between DERS-18 overall scores and MMM subscales; as well as the relationship between DERS-18 overall scores and ERQ subscales. Due to coping, enhancement and conformity motives showing negative use related outcomes, it was hypothesized that overall DERS-18 scores would positively correlate with the enhancement, coping and conformity subscales of the MMM, as well as the suppression subscale of the ERQ. Overall DERS-18 scores were predicted to negatively correlate with the social, and expansion subscales of the MMM, as well as the reappraisal subscale of the ERQ. Uncovering the relationship between emotion dysregulation and cannabis use motives will provide greater information on the way these concepts interact to affect use related outcomes.

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Sponsored by Whitney Brown

COinS
 
Apr 21st, 12:00 AM

101 -- Emotion Regulation and Cannabis Use Motives

Young adults who use substances have been shown to struggle with emotion regulation, while those who struggle to regulate positive emotions also have greater drug misuse and severity. Motives to use drugs or alcohol have also been tied to substance use problems, with coping motives being the most significantly associated with the worst use related outcomes. Emotion regulation is motivated by the achievement of desired emotional states, yet there is little research so far, considering the ways in which emotion regulation and motives are associated with each other. This study aims to assess the ways in which emotion dysregulation may be associated with cannabis use problems as measured by the Marijuana Motives Measure. Participants were college students (N=75) who completed an online survey for credit in a psychology course. Pearson Product Moment Correlations were used to assess the relationship between DERS-18 overall scores and MMM subscales; as well as the relationship between DERS-18 overall scores and ERQ subscales. Due to coping, enhancement and conformity motives showing negative use related outcomes, it was hypothesized that overall DERS-18 scores would positively correlate with the enhancement, coping and conformity subscales of the MMM, as well as the suppression subscale of the ERQ. Overall DERS-18 scores were predicted to negatively correlate with the social, and expansion subscales of the MMM, as well as the reappraisal subscale of the ERQ. Uncovering the relationship between emotion dysregulation and cannabis use motives will provide greater information on the way these concepts interact to affect use related outcomes.

 

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