Normative misperceptions of tobacco use among university students in seven European countries: Baseline findings of the 'Social Norms Intervention for the prevention of Polydrug usE' study

Pischke C. R. , Helmer S. M. , McAlaney J., Bewick B. M. , Vriesacker B., Van Hal G., ...More

ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS, vol.51, pp.158-164, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.07.012
  • Title of Journal : ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS
  • Page Numbers: pp.158-164
  • Keywords: Tobacco use, Social norms, Perceptions, Attitudes, Peers, COLLEGE-STUDENTS, SMOKING, DRINKING, PREVALENCE, EDUCATION, ALCOHOL, STRESS


Introduction: Research conducted in North America suggests that students tend to overestimate tobacco use among their peers. This perceived norm may impact personal tobacco use. It remains unclear how these perceptions influence tobacco use among European students. The two aims were to investigate possible self-other discrepancies regarding personal use and attitudes towards use and to evaluate if perceptions of peer use and peer approval of use are associated with personal use and approval of tobacco use.