ERIC Number: EJ775865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Sociometric Status and Social Drinking: Observations of Modelling and Persuasion in Young Adult Peer Groups
Bot, Sander M.; Engels, Rutger C. M. E.; Knibbe, Ronald A.; Meeus, Wim H. J.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v35 n6 p929-941 Dec 2007
Because young adult drinking occurs primarily in peer groups, this should be taken into account when studying influences on drinking behaviour. This paper aimed to assess influences on drinking by observing existing peer groups in a naturalistic setting. We first analysed the basic levels at which two types of influence take place. The first, modelling (imitating others' drinking), was found to significantly influence individual drinking, whereas for the second one, persuasion (drinking resulting from others offering drinks), no predictions were found. Subsequently, we examined whether peer group members' sociometric status in the group affected the amount of influence and persuasion exerted and received. No indications were found that sociometric status had an impact on influence in alcohol consumption within a drinking situation. Features and weaknesses of the study are discussed.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Sociometric Techniques, Drinking, Peer Groups, Peer Relationship, Peer Influence, Naturalistic Observation, Modeling (Psychology), Social Behavior, Social Status, Social Influences
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