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Pain-related anxiety and marijuana use motives: a pilot test among active marijuana-using young adults.

Hogan J, Gonzalez A, Howell A, Bonn-Miller MO, Zvolensky MJ. Pain-related anxiety and marijuana use motives: a pilot test among active marijuana-using young adults. Cognitive behaviour therapy. 2010 Dec 1; 39(4):283-92.

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The present investigation examined pain-related anxiety in regard to marijuana use motives among a sample of young adult marijuana users (N = 180; 45% women; M(age) = 21.11 years, SD = 6.41). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were used to determine the relations between pain-related anxiety and marijuana use motives. After controlling for current marijuana use frequency (past 30 days), daily cigarette smoking rate, current rate of alcohol consumption, level of bodily pain (current), and other marijuana use motives, pain-related anxiety was significantly and uniquely associated with coping and conformity motives for marijuana use. Pain-related anxiety was not significantly related to other marijuana use motives. These results offer novel empirical insight pertaining to a relation between pain-related anxiety and coping as well as conformity motives for marijuana use among active users.

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