The role of alcohol consumption and romantic attachment insecurity as risk factors for disrupted sleep and emotion regulation among underage and young adult drinkers
North American Journal of Psychology
I examined the role of alcohol consumption and adult attachment styles as risk factors for disrupted sleep and emotion regulatory factors among underage and young adult drinkers. The sample comprised of 164 undergraduate students at a midwestern university who reported on their alcohol consumption, sleep disruptions and quality, attachment styles (secure, preoccupied, dismissive, and fearful styles), and emotion regulation. It was hypothesized that insecure attachment styles would serve as a risk factor for sleep and would be linked to ineffective strategies of regulating emotions and coping. Additionally, it was expected that alcohol consumption and binge drinking would be predictive of poor sleep and disrupted emotion regulation. Individuals with insecure attachment had poor sleep quality. Although alcohol consumption in general, did not indicate differences in sleep, binge drinking was linked to sleep-wake problems, sleep quality, and insomnia. Binge drinking was also linked to higher levels of impulsiveness, negative affect, and emotion-focused coping. Alcohol and attachment interacted to predict sleep onset latency, daytime sleepiness, and limited access to emotion regulation strategies.
Department of Psychology
Original Publication Date
UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Arsiwalla, Dilbur D., "The role of alcohol consumption and romantic attachment insecurity as risk factors for disrupted sleep and emotion regulation among underage and young adult drinkers" (2017). Faculty Publications. 872.