Conformity among the Students

Conformity among the Students

Edwards, K. M., Sylaska, K. M., Barry, J. E., Moynihan, M. M., Banyard, V. L., Cohn, E. S., … & Ward, S. K. (2015). Physical dating violence, sexual violence, and unwanted pursuit victimization: A comparison of incidence rates among sexual-minority and heterosexual college students. Journal of interpersonal violence, 30(4).

This article talks about the dating among the students in the college and the rise in the sexual violence among students. The authors highlighted that most of the fights and sexual immorality among students are as a result of the influence by friends. Students who are new in the college gets influence from the friends and involve in such acts. This leads to the increase in the deaths as some students die in the process.

Terlecki, M. A., & Buckner, J. D. (2015). Social anxiety and heavy situational drinking: Coping and conformity motives as multiple mediators. Addictive behaviors, 40, 77-83.

The journal talks about the relationship between the social anxiety and the case s of the heavy drinking in the college. According the authors, most of the students who involve in the drinking are the one suffering from the social anxiety. Such students do not have friends and once they get one, they can conform to the behaviors of any person who associate with them. Since they want to cope with the environment in which they are in, most of the new students involve in bad behaviors unknowingly.

Whitley, R. B., Madson, M. B., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Protective behavioral strategies and hazardous alcohol use among male college students: Conformity to male gender norms as a moderator.

This article talks about the hazardous use of alcohol and the protective behavioral strategies among the male students in the colleges. It addresses various ways on how students are influenced to alcoholism by their peers in the college. Besides, it also provides various ways on how to curb such situation and ensure that students are protected from such harmful behaviors. The main aim of the authors was to make students avoid being lured by other students and how to choose friends to ensure they stay away from such behaviors.

Bravo, A. J., Pearson, M. R., & Henson, J. M. (2017). Drinking to cope with depressive symptoms and ruminative thinking: A multiple mediation model among college students. Substance use & misuse, 52(1), 52-62.

This article talks about how students are influenced to drinking as a way to cope with the depression. The authors address various ways that students strive to conform to the demands of their friends. Such ways that are highlighted in this article include the mediation model that the students can use to avoid the influence of other people. It is found that most of the students have a belief that alcohol is a solution for stress and as a result, they always spend much of their money to buy drinks.

Vantieghem, W., & Van Houtte, M. (2015). Are girls more resilient to gender-conformity pressure? The association between gender-conformity pressure and academic self-efficacy. Sex Roles, 73(1-2), 1-15.

This article looks at the influence that the gendered peer cultures have on the individuals by employing the concept of pressure for the gender conformity. According to the authors, female students are most likely to conform to the pressure from the friends than male students. It is found that the female students are weak to defend themselves hence they easily involve in immoral behaviors. Such pressure affects their well-being as well as their academic self-efficacy. Sydney, R. (2018). Opinion: Conformity is the death of individuality in students. The state press. Retrieved from

These essay state that the self-expression among the students is being influenced by the intimidation as the students tries to fit in the new environment. According to Sydney, the new environment in which students are exposed to and being away from home are the causes of conformity in the colleges. Conformity inhibits student’s progress in the campus and many of them drop out of schools with time. Further, the authors says that for students to avoid conformity, they should define themselves instead of allowing the society to define them.

Kelsey, N. (17 November 2014). Conformity in college. Prezi. Retrieved from.

The writing address the reason why the student conform in the college. The author recommends reason like students should be themselves as way to prevent some groups that influence them on the wrong side. He highlights that most of the students do hide their true characters which is the reason why they engage in immoral acts. As such, he state that students should choose not to conform to fit in the general image instead they should choose to be different and not the same as other people.

Jamie, T. (September 13th, 2016). Analyzing college students (including myself) from a social psychological perspective. Jumbo Social Psych. Retrieved from

The writer talks about the social conformity among the college freshmen.  Two types of conformity such as the normative social conformity and the informational social conformity are addressed. Normative social conformity occurs when students lack parental guidance on how to relate with other students in the college. On the other hand, informational conformity occurs when the new students decide to involve in bad behavior to fit in upper-class of to find their niche in the college.

Ziegman, J. M. (2017). Perceived Importance of Alcohol and Peer Pressure Predict Alcohol Consumption among College Students. 2017 NCUR.

The journal talks about how the conformity in college has resulted in the increase of the alcoholism in campuses. According to Ziegman, about 60 percent of the students involve in the alcoholism due to perceived importance of the alcohol which is not true. Many of the student’s beliefs that alcohol is the solution to make them happy and fit in the society. They have a belief that people who takes alcohol come from an upper social class.

Ngwokabuenui, P. Y. (2015). Students’ Indiscipline: Types, Causes and Possible Solutions: The Case of Secondary Schools in Cameroon. Journal of Education and Practice, 6(22), 64-72.

This article addresses various causes of indiscipline case among students, the consequence they have in school and on other students as well as the possible solutions for these problems. According to Ngwokabuenui, the major cause of indiscipline in school is because of peer pressures among students. Most of the students forms groups which if not monitored, they can involve in bad behaviors that distract their studies. To curb this, the school should have a guidance and counselling department.

Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A., Hunter, J. A., Scarf, D., & Conner, T. S. (2018). Fear of missing out (FoMO): the relationship between FoMO, alcohol use, and alcohol-related consequences in college students. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Functions, 2(1), 9.

This articles says that most of the students adhere to conformity because they have a fear of being left out. The study highlighted that many students always have a mind that they have to be in a group to fit to life in campus. They relate the causes of alcoholism is just the fear of being left out by friends. Students always organize functions and within the function, they always have drinks which they want all the friends who are present to take.

Alosaimi, F. D., Alyahya, H., Alshahwan, H., Al Mahyijari, N., & Shaik, S. A. (2016). Smartphone addiction among university students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi medical journal, 37(6), 675.

This article talks about the effects of smartphone adduction to the college students. They say that smartphone addiction makes students not to concentrate on their studies because they spend much of their time visiting social sites. Smartphone addiction is as a result of influence by friend who talks about certain sites that they like and some students will also want to visit such sites.  Some of the sites in the internet teaches students bad morals which they can pass to their friends.

Seabrook, R. C., Ward, L. M., & Giaccardi, S. (2018). Why is fraternity membership associated with sexual assault? Exploring the roles of conformity to masculine norms, pressure to uphold masculinity, and objectification of women. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 19(1), 3.

This journal address how women conform to masculinity norms and the pressure for their friends to maintain masculinity. Female students will conform to some behaviors that are bad and do not add value to their lives. While in the process to conform to masculinity, female students will form some groups as a way to identify themselves. In this manner, they will do things that please their fellows even if the things are bad. The writers suggested that students should avoid being in groups that do not add value to their lives.

Ward, L. M., Seabrook, R. C., Manago, A., & Reed, L. (2016). Contributions of diverse media to self-sexualization among undergraduate women and men. Sex Roles, 74(1-2), 12-23.

The article talks about the influence that media pose to students. The authors says that media contributes to self sexualization among the students as movies such as pornographic features are easily sharable. Students always create groups in either Facebook or WhatsApp which act as a medium where they can share dirty pictures. They always influence their friends to join these groups and they must contribute by commenting on the posts even if they do not like it.

Dickson, L., Dukes, R. L., Smith, H., & Strapko, N. (2015). To ink or not to ink: The meaning of tattoos among college students. College Student Journal, 49(1), 106-120.

The journal talks about the meaning that students attributes to tattoos. Many of the students takes much of the information to make tattoos on their body because of the influence from their friends. In real sense, some of them do not know the proper meaning of the tattoos that they draw on their body. Even though tattoos are not bad, students can use them to form groups which are not helping them.

Chua, T. H. H., & Chang, L. (2016). Follow me and like my beautiful selfies: Singapore teenage girls’ engagement in self-presentation and peer comparison on social media. Computers in Human Behavior, 55, 190-197.

The journal talks about the peer comparison among the teenagers on social media. They are influenced by their friends in strive to become famous. They engage in self-presentation where they posts their photos and ask people to like them. To earn many likes, one can decide to post her nude pictures to get many likes from her follower.

Bursztyn, L., & Jensen, R. (2015). How does peer pressure affect educational investments? The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(3), 1329-1367.

The article highlight various way in which peer pressure among students affects educational investments. The authors say that students always try to avoid social penalties by conforming to social norms. As such they involve in bad activities to fit in the various norms they adopt. Such norms affects their study and sometimes can lead to drop out.

DeSmet, A., Bastiaensens, S., Van Cleemput, K., Poels, K., Vandebosch, H., Cardon, G., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2016). Deciding whether to look after them, to like it, or leave it: A multidimensional analysis of predictors of positive and negative bystander behavior in cyberbullying among adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 57, 398-415.

The journal talks about the predictors of positive and negative behaviors in cyberbullying among adolescents.  Most of the children that involves in cyber bullying are as a result of peer influence. They always repost what their friends post which makes them also be part of the bullying. To prevent this, the authors suggested that children access to internet should be moderated.

Fluck, J. (2017). Why do students bully? An analysis of motives behind violence in schools. Youth & Society, 49(5), 567-587.

The journal talks about the reason why most students bully each other. They also talked about the causes of violence in schools. According to them, some students forms groups where they mistreatment the new students in school. In an event to retaliate, chaos erupts. All these come as a result of peer pressure among the students.

Scully, K., & Moital, M. (2016). Peer influence strategies in collectively consumed products (events and festivals): an exploratory study among university students. Young Consumers, 17(1), 46-63.

This journal talks about the positive effects of conformity. It highlight how peers at the university influences each other to the consumptions of a given product. Most of the students who attend functions do buy a certain products because their friends like it. However, they also highlighted that some students can influence other to consume drugs.