Using a cross-sectional design, we examined protective behavioral strategies (PBS) as a moderator of the relationship between sensation seeking and hazardous drinking and alcohol-related consequences among high school seniors (N = 212). Hierarchical regression analyses indicated sensation seeking was a significant predictor of binge drinking (β = 0.65, p < 0.001), prepartying (β = 0.71, p < 0.001), gaming (β = 0.75, p < 0.001), and alcohol-related consequences (β = 0.69, p < 0.001). Further, PBS moderated these relationships such that among high sensation seeking adolescents, PBS use was associated with better outcomes, including lower levels of binge drinking (β = −0.37, p < 0.01), prepartying (β = −0.44, p < 0.01), gaming (β = −0.31, p < 0.05), and alcohol-related consequences (β = −0.53, p < 0.001). We discuss counseling implications, including assessment and harm reduction strategies focusing on PBS to reduce hazardous drinking among high sensation seeking adolescents.
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Doumas, D.M., Russo, G.M., Miller, R., Esp, S., Mastroleo, N. R. & Turrisi, R. (2022). Sensation Seeking and Adolescent Drinking: Do Protective Behavioral Strategies Lower Risk?. Journal of Counseling & Development, 100(4), 352-363,
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Doumas, Diana M.; Russo, G. Michael; Miller, Raissa; Esp, Susan; Mastroleo, Nadine R.; and Turrisi, Rob. (2022). "Sensation Seeking and Adolescent Drinking: Do Protective Behavioral Strategies Lower Risk?". Journal of Counseling & Development, 100(4), 352-363. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12430
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