Binge-drinking: A test of the role of group norms in the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Johnston, Kim L. & White, Katy M. (2003) Binge-drinking: A test of the role of group norms in the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Psychology and Health, 18, pp. 63-77.

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A study was undertaken to assess the utility of the theory of planned behaviour in the prediction of students’ binge-drinking. Additionally, a social identity theory/self-categorization theory perspective was utilised to address the usually weak contribution of subjective norms in predicting behavioural intentions. Respondents were 289 undergraduate students. The study employed a longitudinal design, with the predictors of performing the behaviour under consideration assessed prior to the measure of reported behaviour. Support was found for the application of the theory of planned behaviour to binge-drinking. A reconceptualisation of norms in the theory of planned behaviour, from a social identity theory/self-categorization theory perspective, was also supported; consistent with expectations, the norms of a behaviourally relevant reference group predicted intentions to binge-drink, especially for participants who identified strongly with the reference group. The results are discussed in relation to measures which may help to reduce the incidence of binge-drinking by university students.

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ID Code: 3808
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: binge, drinking, alcohol, social identity theory, self, cartegorization theory
DOI: 10.1080/0887044021000037835
ISSN: 1476-8321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copryight 2004 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Psychology and Health 18:pp. 63-77.
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:57

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