Gender-specific misperceptions of college student drinking norms

Melissa A. Lewis, Clayton Neighbors

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Abstract

This study evaluated perceptions of same-sex and opposite-sex gender-specific versus gender-nonspecific drinking norms among college students (115 men, 111 women). This research is consistent with previous findings that college students overestimate the quantity and frequency of drinking among their gender-nonspecific peers and demonstrates that both men and women overestimate the quantity and frequency of the drinking of their same-sex peers. The findings suggest that perceived same-sex norms are more strongly associated with problematic drinking than are gender-nonspecific norms and that perceived same-sex drinking norms are stronger predictors of alcohol consumption for women than for men. Results suggest that interventions incorporating normative feedback should be framed differently for women than for men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-339
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004

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