The False Consensus Effect: Predicting Adolescents' Tobacco Use from Normative Expectations

@article{Botvin1992TheFC,
  title={The False Consensus Effect: Predicting Adolescents' Tobacco Use from Normative Expectations},
  author={G. Botvin and E. M. Botvin and E. Baker and L. Dusenbury and C. Goldberg},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  year={1992},
  volume={70},
  pages={171 - 178}
}
A longitudinal sample of 916 adolescents was examined to assess the extent to which the perceived smoking prevalence of adults' or peers' smoking was related to cigarette smoking. Questionnaires were distributed to junior high school students in Grade 7 and again in Grade 9. Prevalence of perceived peers' smoking and prevalence of perceived adults' smoking were significantly related to cigarette smoking both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Adolescents who believed that half or more than… Expand
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