Drinking to Fit in: Examining the Need to Belong as a Moderator of Perceptions of Best Friends' Alcohol Use and Related Risk Cognitions Among College Students

Dana M. Litt, Michelle L. Stock, Melissa A. Lewis

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Abstract

The primary objective of the present study was to examine whether the need to belong moderates the relation between perceived descriptive norms for best friend alcohol use and alcohol-related cognitions outlined in the Prototype Willingness model (i.e., willingness, attitudes, and prototype favorability) among college students. Three hundred forty-six college students (197 female) completed the survey. Regression results indicated that the effect of perceptions of best friend alcohol use on risk cognitions was stronger among students reporting a greater need to belong. The findings suggest that interventions utilizing descriptive norms may be more efficacious among those higher in a need to belong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-321
Number of pages9
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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