The Effects of Sensation Seeking, Misperceptions of Peer Consumption, and Believability of Social Norms Messages on Alcohol Consumption

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Abstract:

The social norms marketing approach is one method used to reduce extreme alcohol consumption. The current study implemented a web-based survey (N = 891) to assess whether sensation-seeking, perceived moderate drinking norms, and social norm message believability impacted alcohol consumption on a college campus. Sensation seeking was not directly related to normative perceptions of others' moderate alcohol consumption. Sensation seeking, perceived norms, and message believability all had direct effects on alcohol consumption, and the interaction of sensation seeking and message believability impacted alcohol consumption, while the interaction of sensation seeking and perceived norms on alcohol consumption was marginally significant. Implications of these findings for the social norms marketing approach are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2010.522222

Affiliations: Department of Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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