Social influence and selection processes as predictors of normative perceptions and alcohol use across the transition to college

Caitlin C. Abar, Jennifer L. Maggs

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Abstract

Research indicates that social influences impact college students' alcohol consumption; however how selection processes may serve as an influential factor predicting alcohol use in this population has not been widely addressed. A model of influence and selection processes contributing to alcohol use across the transition to college was examined using structural equation modeling among a sample of late adolescents (N = 193). Results indicate selection processes occur as students transition into college with the opportunity to seek out and join new friend circles while peer influence occurs once students have settled within a circle of friends at college. Implications for prevention of alcohol abuse are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-508
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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