Reference Groups

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Brett Warfield October 11, 2005 Sociology 115 Section 9 Reference Groups A reference group is a group that is used as the frame of reference for evaluating ones own behavior. They can have both positive and negative impacts on people. There are positive normative effects, which are when people imitate their reference group and there are also comparison and association effects which can be negative. Reference groups differ from person to person; some have groups that lead them in the right direction while others lead them in the opposite. There are three reference groups that currently influence me the most. They are my family, friends and church group. My family is a reference group because they have a lot of normative effects on me. I am a lot like my family. My Dad is a very strong willed, moral and respectable person and I like to think I am the same. My mother is compassionate, caring, and studious which are all good influences she has on me. Secondly, my friends are also a very influential group to me. I am a lot like them.
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