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An Investigation into the Effect of Parental Divorce on Risk Behaviours and Alcohol Consumption

Carroll, Amy (2020) An Investigation into the Effect of Parental Divorce on Risk Behaviours and Alcohol Consumption. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

It has been suggested that effects of parental divorce have on-going long- term consequences for those who were exposed to such adversities in childhood. This current study is interested in looking at the effect of divorce on adults in their levels of risk-taking behaviour and alcohol consumption levels. A sample of 331 participants were recruited via multiple social media platforms. Participants completed the DOSPERT scale for evaluating their levels of risk-taking behaviour and the AUDIT-C questionnaire to evaluate their levels of alcohol consumption. Two-way between group ANOVA’s were carried out to investigate if there was an existing interaction effect between the independent variables (Gender and coming from a divorced family or not) and the dependent variables (risk behaviours and alcohol consumption) and also a main effect from each in dependent variable alone. A significant interaction was found only between gender and coming from a divorced family or not, on financial risk taking. There were also significant differences between males and females with males consistently scoring higher in risk behaviours and alcohol consumption. Further research regarding the effects of parental divorce on those in adulthood is necessary and would assist in helping determine if the effects of parental divorce are short-term or long-term.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 12:56
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 12:56
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4839

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