Expectancy influences the operation of personality on behavior

Sarah Fischer, Gregory T. Smith, Kristen G. Anderson, Kate Flory

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

57 Scopus citations


The authors investigated the moderating effect of expectancies on personality for 2 different addictive behavior processes: (a) drinking and (b) binge eating and purging characteristic of bulimia nervosa. Study I found that positive expectancies for social facilitation from drinking moderated the effect of extraversion on drinking behavior among undergraduate men and women. Study 2 found that the expectancy that eating will help manage negative affect moderated the effect of trait urgency on bulimic symptoms among undergraduate women. Thus, the relationships of the trait risk factors to these 2 addictive behaviors are stronger if one also holds certain expectancies for reinforcement from those behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-114
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Expectancy influences the operation of personality on behavior'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this