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Reference Groups

Scope Note: 
Real or theoretical groups (social, ethnic, family, etc.) that serve as sources for identification, motivation, aspiration, attitudes, behavior, or modes of living (Note: Do not confuse with "Role Models" or the Identifier "Reference Individuals," both referring to individuals rather than groups, the former emulated in one or a few roles and the latter emulated in many roles)
Category: Learning and Perception
Broader Terms
Groups
Models
Narrower Terms
N/A
Related Terms
Identification (Psychology)
Interpersonal Relationship
Self Concept
Social Psychology
Social Support Groups
Socialization
Added to ERIC: 9/12/1981