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Normative misperceptions of drinking among college students: a look at the specific contexts of prepartying and drinking games.
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008 May; 69(3):406-11.JS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

In the collegiate context, misperceptions of student drinking norms are among the most salient predictors of heavy drinking. Despite overall overestimations of peer alcohol use, misperceptions of context-specific behaviors have been infrequently studied. The present study examines students' perceptions of the high-risk behaviors of prepartying and drinking games and investigates the relationship between perceived and actual behaviors.

METHOD

A sample of 524 college students completed an online assessment of actual and perceived alcohol use related to prepartying and drinking games. Quantity and frequency of overall drinking, prepartying, and drinking games were assessed for perceptions of all students at the university, as well as for male and female students separately. Questions also assessed participants' overall drinking, prepartying, and drinking game behaviors.

RESULTS

Participants significantly overestimated the prepartying and drinking game behaviors of all students, male students, and female students at their university. For men, perceptions of same-sex prepartying quantity and drinking game frequency and quantity were associated with actual behavior. For women, perceptions of both same-sex and other-sex prepartying quantity were associated with actual behavior.

CONCLUSIONS

These findings provide preliminary support for the association between context-specific perceived norms and actual prepartying and drinking game behaviors. Addressing these same-sex and opposite-sex norms during interventions may help students reduce their own engagement in these risky behaviors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 4700, Los Angeles, California 90045, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18432383

Citation

Pedersen, Eric R., and Joseph W. LaBrie. "Normative Misperceptions of Drinking Among College Students: a Look at the Specific Contexts of Prepartying and Drinking Games." Journal of Studies On Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 69, no. 3, 2008, pp. 406-11.
Pedersen ER, LaBrie JW. Normative misperceptions of drinking among college students: a look at the specific contexts of prepartying and drinking games. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008;69(3):406-11.
Pedersen, E. R., & LaBrie, J. W. (2008). Normative misperceptions of drinking among college students: a look at the specific contexts of prepartying and drinking games. Journal of Studies On Alcohol and Drugs, 69(3), 406-11.
Pedersen ER, LaBrie JW. Normative Misperceptions of Drinking Among College Students: a Look at the Specific Contexts of Prepartying and Drinking Games. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008;69(3):406-11. PubMed PMID: 18432383.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Normative misperceptions of drinking among college students: a look at the specific contexts of prepartying and drinking games. AU - Pedersen,Eric R, AU - LaBrie,Joseph W, PY - 2008/4/25/pubmed PY - 2008/8/30/medline PY - 2008/4/25/entrez SP - 406 EP - 11 JF - Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs JO - J Stud Alcohol Drugs VL - 69 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: In the collegiate context, misperceptions of student drinking norms are among the most salient predictors of heavy drinking. Despite overall overestimations of peer alcohol use, misperceptions of context-specific behaviors have been infrequently studied. The present study examines students' perceptions of the high-risk behaviors of prepartying and drinking games and investigates the relationship between perceived and actual behaviors. METHOD: A sample of 524 college students completed an online assessment of actual and perceived alcohol use related to prepartying and drinking games. Quantity and frequency of overall drinking, prepartying, and drinking games were assessed for perceptions of all students at the university, as well as for male and female students separately. Questions also assessed participants' overall drinking, prepartying, and drinking game behaviors. RESULTS: Participants significantly overestimated the prepartying and drinking game behaviors of all students, male students, and female students at their university. For men, perceptions of same-sex prepartying quantity and drinking game frequency and quantity were associated with actual behavior. For women, perceptions of both same-sex and other-sex prepartying quantity were associated with actual behavior. CONCLUSIONS: These findings provide preliminary support for the association between context-specific perceived norms and actual prepartying and drinking game behaviors. Addressing these same-sex and opposite-sex norms during interventions may help students reduce their own engagement in these risky behaviors. SN - 1937-1888 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18432383/Normative_misperceptions_of_drinking_among_college_students:_a_look_at_the_specific_contexts_of_prepartying_and_drinking_games_ L2 - https://www.jsad.com/doi/abs/10.15288/jsad.2008.69.406 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -