Resident assistant and college students' perceptions of alcohol use
Resident assistants (RAs) are often involved in prevention efforts addressing the problem of college drinking. This project investigated the perceptions that 60 RAs and 662 college students have of each other's drinking and attitudes towards alcohol use. Students' self-reported frequency, quantity, and binge drinking levels were all significantly higher than their friends, students on campus, and RAs. RA perceptions of general student drinking were not significantly different than the self-reported use of students. Perceptions of RA alcohol use were significantly related to the students' self-reported drinking. Findings recommend the incorporation of RAs in social norms interventions for students.
King, J., Borsari, B., & Chen, J. (2010). Resident assistant and college students' perceptions of alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 35 (6), 640-643. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.02.003