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ERIC Number: EJ784877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
The Role of Sex-Specific Normative Beliefs in Undergraduate Alcohol Use
Thombs, Dennis L.; Ray-Tomasek, Jennifer; Osborn, Cynthia J.; Olds, R. Scott
American Journal of Health Behavior, v29 n4 p342-351 2005
Objectives: To create explanatory models of 3 undergraduate drinking practices based on sex-specific norms. Methods: An electronic, student survey at one Midwestern university produced a representative sample of college students. Results: Multivariate analyses indicated that close-friend norms were the best predictors of drinking frequency, quantity, and drunkenness. With one exception, typical student (or distal) norms had no significant relationship to drinking. Opposite-sex norms had associations with drinking above and beyond that explained by same-sex norms. Conclusions: The findings challenge the current application of the popular social norms approach that relies on distal drinking norms to provide normative feedback.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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