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Dissecting Indirect Peer Influences

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Peer influence is more than pressuring another student to do something risky. The study by Talbott et al supports the claim of the strength of one’s peers to influence drinking behaviors. This study goes into more depth than Stappenbeck et al’s analysis of socialization and selection by dissecting indirect peer influences and focusing on injunctive norms, which, “were a significant predictor of drinking” (60). Injunctive norms are peers approval of a given topic, in this case underage (illegal) alcohol use. If a subject believes their peers have a positive view of drinking and that their peers are heavy drinkers then they too become heavier drinkers to be in line with those norms. In college, students are in an environment in which their peers

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