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College students' perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms.
Addict Behav. 2010 Mar; 35(3):290-3.AB

Abstract

The current study documents and examines college students' perceptions of the drinking behavior of peers from varying class years (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). A sample of 522 college students estimated the drinking behavior of peers within their own specific class year, as well as across the three other class years. Participants in each class year overestimated the drinking of students in their own class year as well as the drinking of students in the three other class years. These within class year-specific perceived norms associated with drinking for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Poisson regression analyses revealed freshmen and juniors were more impacted by their class year-specific perceived norms than students in other class years, while students in other class years were more impacted by sophomore-specific perceived norms than sophomores. These findings suggest that perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms can be impactful on individual drinking rates within one's own class year; however, perceived drinking norms of other class years may also associate with actual drinking for students. Future research is needed to establish the longitudinal development of class year-specific perceived norms and to explore the impact of providing students with actual drinking norms of students in their own class years and of students in other class years during interventions and prevention programs.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Washington, United States. epeder@u.washington.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19897311

Citation

Pedersen, Eric R., et al. "College Students' Perceptions of Class Year-specific Drinking Norms." Addictive Behaviors, vol. 35, no. 3, 2010, pp. 290-3.
Pedersen ER, Neighbors C, LaBrie JW. College students' perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms. Addict Behav. 2010;35(3):290-3.
Pedersen, E. R., Neighbors, C., & LaBrie, J. W. (2010). College students' perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms. Addictive Behaviors, 35(3), 290-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.10.015
Pedersen ER, Neighbors C, LaBrie JW. College Students' Perceptions of Class Year-specific Drinking Norms. Addict Behav. 2010;35(3):290-3. PubMed PMID: 19897311.
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TY - JOUR T1 - College students' perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms. AU - Pedersen,Eric R, AU - Neighbors,Clayton, AU - LaBrie,Joseph W, Y1 - 2009/10/22/ PY - 2009/06/11/received PY - 2009/09/16/revised PY - 2009/10/14/accepted PY - 2009/11/10/entrez PY - 2009/11/10/pubmed PY - 2011/5/25/medline SP - 290 EP - 3 JF - Addictive behaviors JO - Addict Behav VL - 35 IS - 3 N2 - The current study documents and examines college students' perceptions of the drinking behavior of peers from varying class years (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). A sample of 522 college students estimated the drinking behavior of peers within their own specific class year, as well as across the three other class years. Participants in each class year overestimated the drinking of students in their own class year as well as the drinking of students in the three other class years. These within class year-specific perceived norms associated with drinking for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Poisson regression analyses revealed freshmen and juniors were more impacted by their class year-specific perceived norms than students in other class years, while students in other class years were more impacted by sophomore-specific perceived norms than sophomores. These findings suggest that perceptions of class year-specific drinking norms can be impactful on individual drinking rates within one's own class year; however, perceived drinking norms of other class years may also associate with actual drinking for students. Future research is needed to establish the longitudinal development of class year-specific perceived norms and to explore the impact of providing students with actual drinking norms of students in their own class years and of students in other class years during interventions and prevention programs. SN - 1873-6327 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19897311/College_students'_perceptions_of_class_year_specific_drinking_norms_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0306-4603(09)00280-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -