Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




This study examined the role of social expressiveness expectancies in the relationship between body image and alcohol use and explored possible gender differences. Body image, social expressiveness expectancies, alcohol use and consequences from alcohol use were examined using a moderation model. Based on the responses of 265 college students (160 women and 88 men) to self-report questionnaires the findings showed that women with poor body image and high social expressiveness expectancies used alcohol significantly more than women who did not have a poor body image. For men, no such relationship was observed. Contrary to hypotheses, negative consequences from alcohol use did not play a role for either gender. These findings have implications for understanding the established gender differences in body image and alcohol use disorders, as well as directions for future research are discussed.

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