Project Title

Affect intensity, drug motivations, and polysubstance use

Authors' Affiliations

Candice Seymore, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Kelly Moore, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Location

Ballroom

Start Date

4-12-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

4-12-2019 2:30 PM

Poster Number

70

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Psychology

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Kelly Moore

Type

Poster: Competitive

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Project's Category

Psychology

Abstract Text

People often use substances to cope with intense emotions, but more research is needed in this area. The scale we used to measure affect intensity was the Affect Intensity Measure (AIM). The participants self-reported their substance use. Drawing from a sample of adults in substance use treatment (n=118), we used regression analysis to examine the relationship between affect intensity, drug use motivations, and polysubstance use. Having this information is crucial to understanding how emotional experiences can be related to substance use. By knowing this we can also alter treatment to be specific to the individual, in order to improve the success rate of treatment facilities. More research is needed examining the relationship between affect intensity, motivation for substance use, and substance use patterns among people who are receiving substance use treatment.

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Affect intensity, drug motivations, and polysubstance use

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People often use substances to cope with intense emotions, but more research is needed in this area. The scale we used to measure affect intensity was the Affect Intensity Measure (AIM). The participants self-reported their substance use. Drawing from a sample of adults in substance use treatment (n=118), we used regression analysis to examine the relationship between affect intensity, drug use motivations, and polysubstance use. Having this information is crucial to understanding how emotional experiences can be related to substance use. By knowing this we can also alter treatment to be specific to the individual, in order to improve the success rate of treatment facilities. More research is needed examining the relationship between affect intensity, motivation for substance use, and substance use patterns among people who are receiving substance use treatment.