Why do individuals select into congruent vs. discrepant drinking partnerships?


Wiersma-Mosley, Jaquelyn D.; Fischer, Judith L.; & Smith, Benjamin (2016). Why do individuals select into congruent vs. discrepant drinking partnerships?. Gavin Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy. pp. 1-10


The present study examined risk factors that may explain why individuals select into discrepant vs. congruent drinking partnerships during young adulthood. The drinking partnership literature finds that there are a host of consequences for couples who drink discrepantly, where one partner consumes more alcohol and drinks more frequently than the other partner, as compared to those who drink congruently. Data come from the Add Health with 1433 young adults and their partners. Drinking partnerships were based on alcohol frequency, quantity, binge drinking, and getting drunk. Four clusters included Congruent Light and Infrequent, Discrepant Male Heavy/Frequent, Discrepant Female Heavy/Frequent, and Congruent Heavy/Frequent, which resulted in 1,188 congruent couples and 245 discrepant couples. Individuals already risky in their behaviors, such as adolescent delinquency and befriending high drinking peers, were more likely to select into discrepant drinking partnerships.



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Gavin Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy


Wiersma-Mosley, Jaquelyn D.
Fischer, Judith L.
Smith, Benjamin

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