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Role of Urgency in Maladaptive Coping Behaviors

Title: The Role of Urgency in Maladaptive Coping Behaviors.
Name(s): Anestis, Michael David, author
Joiner, Thomas, professor directing thesis
Schmidt, Norman B., committee member
Schatschneider, Chris, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Prior work on maladaptive coping behaviors has cited impulsivity as a risk factor. The concept of impulsivity, however, fails to address the potential role of negative affect in such behaviors. The UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale attempts to address this weakness by dividing impulsivity into four subscales: Urgency, Sensation Seeking, (lack of) Premeditation, and (lack of) Perseverance. I predicted that urgency, defined as the tendency to act rashly in response to the experience of negative affect, would be related to elevations on three maladaptive coping behaviors - excessive reassurance seeking, drinking to cope, and bulimic symptoms as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory - in both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses in an undergraduate sample (N=70). Participants were assessed at two time points, three to four weeks apart. Urgency significantly predicted all three outcome variables cross-sectionally at both Time 1 and Time 2. Time 1 urgency significantly predicted Time 2 excessive reassurance seeking. Changes in urgency from Time 1 to Time 2 predicted changes in all three outcome variables. Results indicate a cross-sectional relationship exists between urgency and certain maladaptive coping behaviors. Additionally, some form of longitudinal relationship appears to exist between these variables.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0216 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: September 21, 2006.
Keywords: Impulsivity, Bulimia Nervosa, Urgency
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Thomas Joiner, Professor Directing Thesis; Norman B. Schmidt, Committee Member; Chris Schatschneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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