Alcohol Versus Students - Conformity and Bediance

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"DO SOCIAL PRESSURES INFLUENCE STUDENTS DRINKING HABITS AND THEIR PROPENSITY TO OBEY?"

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KHANDAKAR ROMENA HAQUE

Abstract

This reports focus is to find out if students in Waltham Forest College conform to peer or social pressure with relation to drinking alcohol.
The results of this study have shown that whilst participants may not like to admit it, with the right line of questioning it can be shown that they conform to society norms or peer influences and disobey religious rules and laws when it comes to drinking alcohol.
60% of students drinking alcohol do so, as a result of socialising with friends with a high number stating it is to 'fit in' to their peer group.

Contents

Introduction Page 4
Methods Page 5
Results Page 6
Discussion Page 9
Conclusion Page 11
References/Bibliography Page 12

Introduction

Are our behaviours and actions individual decisions based on our own thoughts and opinions? Or are they influenced some way, and if so by who or what?
There have been many studies by psychologists such as Jennes (1932), Asch (1951) and Kelman (1958) on conformity and have largely resulted in the same argument. People conform to a majority influence. Deutch and Gerrard (1955) suggest that there are two reasons that we as individuals conform. Normative Social Influence (NSI) argues that the desire to 'fit in' and 'be liked' and not to be rejected influences us to conform to the majority, Informational Social Influence (ISI), argues that the desire to be correct and the lack of knowledge in an unclear situation influences us to be guided by those around us who have a greater knowledge.
Taking NSI and ISI into consideration the, aim of this study is to conclude if social and group pressures play a part in conformity and obedience.
Today's society suggests students are not even aware that they are…...

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