Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Recent high school graduates in a midwestern community estimated their classmates' attitudes toward alcohol use in contrast to their own positions. Attitudes were assessed on three levels: subjective comfort with others' drinking, approval of peer drinking and actual drinking practices. Pluralistic ignorance was found to be a significant factor at all three levels, p < .0005. Respondents reported that they were less comfortable, less approving, and drank less than close friends, lesser still than friends, and far less than peers. These findings provide support for "normative education" prevention programs that attempt to correct erroneous perceptions about alcohol use and abuse.
BF1 .M63 v. 3 no. 1 1995
Braddock, Jill S. and Wolf, Tonia R.
"Pluralistic ignorance concerning alcohol usage among recent high school graduates,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol3/iss1/5