Priming effects of self-reported drinking and religiosity

dc.contributor.authorRodriguez, Lindsey M.
dc.contributor.authorNeighbors, Clayton
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Dawn W.
dc.description.abstractResearch has revealed negative associations between religiosity and alcohol consumption. Given these associations, the aim of the current research was to evaluate whether the order of assessing each construct might affect subsequent reports of the other. The present research provided an experimental evaluation of response biases of self-reported religiosity and alcohol consumption based on order of assessment. Participants (N = 301 undergraduate students) completed an online survey. Based on random assignment, religiosity was assessed either before or after questions regarding recent alcohol consumption. Social desirability bias was also measured. Results revealed a priming effect such that participants who answered questions about their religiosity prior to their alcohol consumption reported fewer drinks on their peak drinking occasions, drinking less on typical occasions, and drinking less frequently, even when controlling for social desirability and for the significant negative associations between their own religiosity and drinking. In contrast, assessment order was not significantly associated with religiosity. Results indicate priming religion results in reporting lower, but potentially more accurate, levels of health risk behaviors and that these effects are not simply the result of socially desirable responding. Results are interpreted utilizing several social–cognitive theories and suggest that retrospective self-reports of drinking may be more malleable than self-descriptions of religiosity. Implications and future directions are discussed.
dc.identifier.citationCopyright 2014 Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Rodriguez, Lindsey M., Clayton Neighbors, and Dawn W. Foster. "Priming Effects of Self-Reported Drinking and Religiosity." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 28, no. 1 (2014): 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0031828. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
dc.publisherPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
dc.subjectPriming effects
dc.titlePriming effects of self-reported drinking and religiosity


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