The Role Of Peer Pressure On College Students

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The college culture praises unhealthy behaviors, such as binge drinking and the use of drugs such as marijuana, for us immature and still developing young adults. A popular reason for why college students partake in this extremely unhealthy behavior is the phenomenon we have been taught in schools and experienced all our lives: peer pressure. Authors, Nancy P. Barnett, Miles Q. Ott, Michelle L. Rogers, Michelle Loxley, Crystal Linkletter, and Melissa A. Clark, of the article, “Peer Associations for Substance Use and Exercise in a College Student Social Network,” test out this common theory of peer pressure being the reason for the damaging actions of college students, such as alcohol and substance use.
In addition to testing out this theory of peer pressure on unhealthy behaviors, the authors of this article also were interested in if peer pressure on college students has an effect implementing healthy behaviors, such as exercising. Past studies have shown that exercise and substance use have a negative correlation in young adulthood. The ideas of homophily and socialization are heavily focused by the authors in their search for evidence of peer influence in health behaviors. Homophily is an individual’s tendency to associate with people who are are very similar to them. Similarly, socialization is the process of individuals to have extremely similar or the same behaviors as everyone in a social group. Through understanding both homophily and socialization in college
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