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ERIC Number: ED435372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 10
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Misperceptions of College Drinking Norms: An Exploratory Study of Gender and Grade Level Differences.
Fitzpatrick, Corine; Potoczniak, Michael
Recently drinking-related deaths on college campuses have received wide media attention, prompting administrators to explore new ways of dealing with this problem. This study, conducted at Manhattan College (New York), focuses on exploring student perceptions about appropriate drinking behavior. Information was collected from a sample population (n=361) that included freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students completed questionnaires that examined their personal attitudes towards alcohol, as well as their perceptions about campus norms towards alcohol. Freshmen were instructed to answer based on their perceptions of what they expected would happen in college and their actual use in high school. The study confirmed the hypothesis that freshmen's perceptions of their drinking behavior are strongly related to how much they actually drink; their view of campus norms for alcohol use is moderate and changes over time as they progress through school to senior year. The study also confirmed gender differences in attitudes toward drinking. A stronger indicator of alcohol abuse than the campus norm measure was students' personal attitudes and their perceptions of what their friends do. As a result of this study, Manhattan College has received a grant to influence misperceptions of appropriate drinking behavior among incoming freshmen students. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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