Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts
Committee Member/Second Reader
Negative urgency is defined as the disposition to act rashly when under distress. This personality subtype is strongly tied to problematic alcohol and substance use, self-harming behaviors, and binge eating following a distressful period (Cyders et al., 2013; Fischer et al., 2004). The current study hypothesized that participants (62.07% Female, M = 19.81, SD = 4.16, 73.28% White, 6.90% Hispanic, 6.90% African American, 3.45% Native American/Alaskan Native, 3.45% Asian American, 3.45% Middle Eastern, 1.72% Other) who scored high in negative urgency would endorse more maladaptive coping strategies after a negative mood induction (n = 57), compared to a neutral mood induction (n = 59). Specifically, analyses examined differences in endorsement of alcohol, marijuana, and self-harm and binge eating cravings between conditions. Results from a series of simple linear regressions offered no support for the hypothesis. The endorsement of alcohol, marijuana, self-harming, and binge eating cravings did not significantly differ between conditions. These results suggest maladaptive cravings are more nuanced in high negative urgency populations. More research is needed to further explore the potentially important relationship between negative urgency and desire to utilize maladaptive coping methods.
Urgency, Maladaptive, Coping, Personality
Martin, A. (2021). Negative Urgency Predicts Maladaptive Coping Strategies. Psychological Science Undergraduate Honors Theses Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/psycuht/17