College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS)
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Psychology
Dr. Gabriel Ybarra
Dr. Paul Fuglestad
Dr. Jody Nicholson
Dr. Lori Lange
Previous literature has shown that undergraduates’ alcohol use is often affected by their perceived stress, especially when there is a significant disruption to their typical college lifestyle. The primary goal of the study was to demonstrate that there is a relationship between perceived undergraduate stress and alcohol behaviors mediated by anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The secondary goal was to determine if there were any significant moderating variables on the aforementioned mediation, specifically characteristics of personality. A self-report Qualtrics survey was conducted to assess perceived stress, anxiety, alcohol use, and personality domains along the Big Five Inventory for 244 students. The simple mediation model analyzed through Hayes’ Macro Process Model 4 yielded significant indirect results through anxiety but the following moderated mediation analysis using Model 58 did not. While there were significant effects of neuroticism on the relationship between perceived stress and alcohol use through anxiety, no significant index of moderated mediation was found. Although the mediation model was significant, future studies should focus on larger sample sizes and different sample populations for longitudinal designs, as well as other possible confounding variables that can account for the relationship between stress and alcohol use.
St Clair, Skylar, "That’s why we drink: Effects of undergraduate stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic on alcohol behaviors" (2023). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1169.