Distress Tolerance among Students Referred for Treatment Following Violation of Campus Cannabis Use Policy: Relations to Use, Problems, and Motivation

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Buckner, Julia D., Jeffries, Emily R., Terlecki, M. and Ecker, Anthony H. 2015. Distress Tolerance among Students Referred for Treatment Following Violation of Campus Cannabis Use Policy: Relations to Use, Problems, and Motivation. Behavior Modification. 40 (5), pp. 663-677.
AuthorsBuckner, Julia D., Jeffries, Emily R., Terlecki, M. and Ecker, Anthony H.
Abstract

Students referred to treatment after violating campus drug policies represent a high-risk
group. Identification of factors related to these students’ cannabis use could inform prevention
and treatment efforts. Distress tolerance (DT) is negatively related to substance-related
behaviors and may be related to high-risk cannabis use vulnerability factors that can impact
treatment outcome. Thus, the current study tested whether DT was related to cannabis use
frequency, cannabis-related problems, and motivation to change cannabis use among 88
students referred for treatment after violating campus cannabis policies. DT was robustly,
negatively related to cannabis use and related problems. DT was also significantly, negatively
correlated with coping, conformity, and expansion motives. DT was directly and indirectly
related to cannabis problems via coping (not conformity or expansion) motives. Motives did not
mediate the relation of DT to cannabis use frequency. DT may be an important target in
treatment with students who violate campus cannabis policies.

JournalBehavior Modification
Journal citation40 (5), pp. 663-677
Year2015
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0145445515610315
Publication dates
Print14 Oct 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Aug 2015
Accepted21 Aug 2015
FunderNational Institute on Drug Abuse
Copyright informationBuckner, et. al., ‘Distress Tolerance among Students Referred for Treatment Following Violation of Campus Cannabis Use Policy: Relations to Use, Problems, and Motivation’, Behavior Modification, 40(5), pp. 663-677. © 2015 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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