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Social Motives

Provide a brief description of the current event you selected and one individual involved in the current event. Then describe two potential core social motives that might explain the individual's behavior in the event and why. Finally, explain one way you might use core social motives to predict individual behavior within your current field or your field of interest.

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RE: Social Psychology

(1) A brief description of the current event you selected and one individual involved in the current event.
One current event that is receiving attention in the literature is the increase risk for addiction among high school and college students. Research indicates that alcohol drinking is a serious problem among youth and college students (Burck, Laux, Ritchie, & Baker (2008). Statistics are revealed that show teen alcohol including binge drinking is an ongoing problem in the United States as more and more teenagers indulge in drinking habits that will lead to a lifetime addiction to drugs and alcohol. In 2002, the US Government reported that 2.8 million binge drinkers were between the ages of 13 and 18 (Treatment for teenage drinking).The data show that 11% of the children are 8th graders and 22% are high school seniors (Monitoring the future). Other studies are presented to show that the transition from high school to college is marked by significant increases in heavy alcohol use.

Other research supports the ongoing problem of addiction among adolescents in academia. Crosnoe (2006) describes academic factors and drinking behaviors as most problematic during the adolescent stage of the lifespan. Vaughn, Corbin, & Fromme (2009) draw a connection between these two behaviors as disrupting the basic functioning of individuals and schools. As he points out, the adolescent stage involves dramatic changes, behavioral expectations, opportunities, and consequences. According to Vaughn et al., the transition from high school to college is characterized by many stressing functions and activities, and alcohol plays an important role as a coping mechanism by many students in college life. However, as Vaughn et al point out, alcohol proves to be counterproductive as drinking has a ...

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This solution describes social motives that affect individual behavior in specific events with an example of a current event: increased risk of addiction among high school and college students. This solution si 886 words with seven APA references.

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