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Agostinelli, G and Grube, Joel W and Morgan, Mark (2003) Social distancing in adolescents' perceptions of alcohol use and social disapproval: The moderating roles of culture and gender. Journal of Applied Social Psychology , 33 , (11) , pp. 2354-2372.

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College students attribute more conservative attitudes and behaviors concerning alcohol use to themselves and progressively less conservative attitudes and behaviors to their friends and more distal peers. We examined whether a similar social-distancing effect would occur with adolescents in America and Ireland.

Students (n = 2,554) attributed the most conservative drinking frequency to themselves and progressively less conservative frequencies to their best friends, other good friends, other students their age at their own school, and other students their age at other schools, respectively. Similarly, adolescents attributed more disapproval of drinking to their best friends and progressively less conservative disapproval to other good friends, other students their age at their own school, and other students their age at other schools, respectively. As predicted, more social distancing occurred among Americans (relative to Irish) and girls (relative to boys).


Item Type:Article
Date:November 2003
Page Range:pp. 2354-2372
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
Volume:33
Number:11
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Accession Number:HRB 4216 (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > United States
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Societal attitude toward substance use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
T Demographic characteristics > Gender differences
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student

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