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ERIC Number: EJ910179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Social Influence and Selection Processes as Predictors of Normative Perceptions and Alcohol Use across the Transition to College
Abar, Caitlin C.; Maggs, Jennifer L.
Journal of College Student Development, v51 n5 p496-508 Sep-Oct 2010
Research indicates that social influences impact college students' alcohol consumption; however, how selection processes may serve as an influential factor predicting alcohol use in this population has not been widely addressed. A model of influence and selection processes contributing to alcohol use across the transition to college was examined using structural equation modeling among a sample of late adolescents (N = 193). Results indicate selection processes occur as students transition into college with the opportunity to seek out and join new friend circles, while peer influence occurs once students have settled within a circle of friends at college. Implications for prevention of alcohol abuse are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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