Self-organization of alcohol-related attitudes and beliefs in a campus housing complex: An initial investigation

Martin J. Bourgeois, Anne Bowen

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Abstract

The self-organization of college students' alcohol-related attitudes and their beliefs about other students' attitudes were assessed within a campus housing complex. Pluralistic ignorance was widespread, in that, compared with their own self-ratings, students rated their friends and the "typical" student as being more in favor of alcohol and more lax in the number of drinks per hour that were acceptable and the number of drinks that were acceptable before driving. They also perceived typical students as more risky than their friends. Dynamic social impact theory was also supported, as students' dormitory building and floor of residence reliably predicted both their personal drinking attitudes and their beliefs about the drinking attitudes of other students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-437
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol beliefs
  • Dynamic social impact
  • Pluralistic ignorance
  • Self-organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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