Publications

Selected publications from the social norms literature are presented below. This list is not intended to be exhaustive but instead includes a range of research studies that reflect the diverse applications of the social norms approach, with an emphasis on studies conducted in European settings.

Organised by date of publication

Helmer, S. M., Pischke, C. R., Vriesacker, B., Van Hal, G., Dempsey, R. C., Akvardar, Y., Guillen-Grima, F., Salonna, F., Stock, C., & Zeeb, H. (2016). Personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards the use of nonmedical prescription stimulants to improve academic performance among university students in seven European countries. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 168, 128-134.

Dempsey, R. C., McAlaney, J., Helmer, S. M., Pischke, C. R., Akvardar, Y., Bewick, B. M., . . . Mikolajczyk, R. T. (2016). Normative perceptions of cannabis use among european university students: Associations of perceived peer use and peer attitudes with personal use and attitudes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(5), 740-748. doi: doi:10.15288/jsad.2016.77.740

Elsey, H., Owiredu, E., Thomson, H., Mann, G., Mehta, R., & Siddiqi, K. (2015). Do children overestimate the extent of smoking among their peers? A feasibility study of the social norms approach to prevent smoking. Addictive Behaviors, 41(0), 7-11. doi:

van de Bongardt, D., Reitz, E., Sandfort, T., & Dekovic, M. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of the Relations Between Three Types of Peer Norms and Adolescent Sexual Behavior. Pers Soc Psychol Rev. doi: 10.1177/1088868314544223

Helmer, S. M., Mikolajczyk, R. T., McAlaney, J., Vriesacker, B., Van Hal, G., Akvardar, Y., . . . Zeeb, H. (2014). Illicit substance use among university students from seven European countries: A comparison of personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards illicit substance use. Preventive Medicine, 67(0), 204-209. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.039

Carter, P. M., Bingham, C. R., Zakrajsek, J. S., Shope, J. T., & Sayer, T. B. (2014). Social norms and risk perception: predictors of distracted driving behavior among novice adolescent drivers. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(5 Suppl), S32-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.01.008

Oraby, T., Thampi, V., & Bauch, C. T. (2014). The influence of social norms on the dynamics of vaccinating behaviour for paediatric infectious diseases. Proc Biol Sci, 281(1780), 20133172. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3172

Reese, G., Loew, K., & Steffgen, G. (2014). A towel less: social norms enhance pro-environmental behavior in hotels. Journal of Social Psychology, 154(2), 97-100.

Peters, R. J., Jr., Meshack, A., Lin, M. T., Hill, M., & Abughosh, S. (2013). The social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette use. J Ethn Subst Abuse, 12(4), 300-307. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.819310

Mollen, S., Rimal, R. N., Ruiter, R. A., & Kok, G. (2013). Healthy and unhealthy social norms and food selection. Findings from a field-experiment. Appetite, 65, 83-89. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.01.020

Peters, R. J., Jr., Meshack, A., Lin, M. T., Hill, M., & Abughosh, S. (2013). The social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette use. J Ethn Subst Abuse, 12(4), 300-307. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.819310

Witte, T. H., & Mulla, M. M. (2013). Social norms for intimate partner violence. Violence and Victims, 28(6), 959-967.

Pischke, C. R., Zeeb, H., van Hal, G., Vriesacker, B., McAlaney, J., Bewick, B. M., . . . Mikolajczyk, R. T. (2012). A feasibility trial to examine the social norms approach for the prevention and reduction of licit and illicit drug use in European University and college students. BMC Public Health, 12, 882. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-882

McAlaney, J., Boot, C. R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Rasmussen, S., & Van Hal, G. (2012). A comparison of substance use behaviours and normative beliefs in North West European university and college students. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 11(3), 281 – 287.

Boot, C. R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Van Hal, G., Rasmussen, S., & McAlaney, J. (2012). A survey study on associations between misperceptions on substance use by peers and health and academic outcomes in university students in North-West Europe. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 11(3), 273 – 279.

Lintonen, T., Konu, A., Kaariainen, J., & McAlaney, J. (2012). Substance use among police cadets: The role of normative misperceptions. The Police Journal, 85(1), 29 – 40.

McAlaney, J., Bewick, B., & Hughes, C. (2011). The international development of the ‘Social Norms’ approach to drug education and prevention. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 18(2), 81-89. doi: 10.3109/09687631003610977

Project SNIPE Team. (2011). Social Norms of Polydrug Use in Europe: Project SNIPE. The Addiction Newsletter, 18(2), 20 – 21.

Perkins, J. M., Perkins, H. W., & Craig, D. W. (2010). Peer weight norm misperception as a risk factor for being over and underweight among UK secondary school students. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64(9), 965-971. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.106

Hughes, C., Julian, R., Richman, M., Mason, R., & Long, G. (2008). Harnessing the power of perception: reducing alcohol-related harm among rural teenagers. Youth Studies Australia, 27(2), 26 – 36.

Bewick, B. M., Trusler, K., Mulhern, B., Barkham, M., & Hill, A. J. (2008). The feasibility and effectiveness of a web-based personalised feedback and social norms alcohol intervention in UK university students: A randomised control trial. Addictive Behaviors, 33(9), 1192-1198. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.05.002

Page, R. M., Ihasz, F., Hantiu, I., Simonek, J., & Klarova, R. (2008). Social normative perceptions of alcohol use and episodic heavy drinking among Central and Eastern European adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse, 43, 361 – 373.

McAlaney, J., & McMahon, J. (2007). Normative beliefs, misperceptions and heavy episodic drinking in a British student sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68(3), 385 – 392.

Keller, S., Maddock, J. E., Laforge, R. G., Velicer, W. F., & Basler, H. D. (2006). Binge drinking and health behavior in medical students. Addictive Behaviors, 32(3), 505 – 515.

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