Chapter 7 - influencing and conformity

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Chapter 7 – Influencing and Conforming 7.1 Chapter 7 Influencing and Conforming Key Terms References
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Chapter 7 – Influencing and Conforming 7.2 Chapter 7 Influencing and Conforming Opener: Death by Alcohol “Sam Spady was a homecoming queen, class president, cheerleading captain and honor student in high school. The Nebraska native had dreams of following in her father's footsteps in owning a car dealership and moving west after college graduation. But those dreams never materialized. The Colorado State University student died on Sept. 5, 2004, after hours of binge drinking.” “In the hours before her death, Spady hopped between parties during one of the year's biggest social events: the CSU football game against the University of Colorado-Boulder. Sam drank 30 to 40 beers and shots over an 11-hour period. Then friends left her alone in an empty room in a fraternity house to sleep it off. Later, a fraternity member found her dead while giving his mother a tour of the house.” “Sam is one of an estimated 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 who die from alcohol-related incidents each year, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.” "Nobody is immune," said Sam’s father. "She was a smart kid, and she was a good kid. And if it could happen to her, it could happen to anybody.” But Pastor Reza Zadeh, a former CSU student, says he hasn't seen much change in the drinking culture since Spady's death. "People still feel invincible," he says. "The bars still have 25-cent shot night and two-for-ones and no cover for girls."”
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Chapter 7 – Influencing and Conforming 7.3 Events such as this demonstrate the power of the social situation to create negative outcomes, even for what seem like the very best people. Stop for a moment and consider how the social psychological factors with which you are now familiar might be used to understand Sam’s behavior. What aspects of the social situation do you think were critical in this tragedy? And what were the likely motivations that led Sam to engage in such risky behaviors? Did she care so much about fitting in with others that she engaged in behaviors that were destructive to herself? How might she have been able to resist these pressures? And what about you? Does your campus support the “drink-until-you-blackout” culture? Are you yourself likely to be influenced by these social norms? What steps are you taking to attempt to resist these influences? Sources: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-26-spady-binge-drinking_x.htm
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Chapter 7 – Influencing and Conforming 7.4 http://www.samspadyfoundation.org/press.html Have you ever decided on what courses to enroll in by asking for advice from your friends or by observing what courses they were choosing? Have you chosen the clothes to wear to a party based on what your friends were wearing? Have you ever changed your beliefs or behaviors because a person in authority, such as a teacher or a religious or
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