Praise for The Social
Too much talk about the alcohol issue is rhetorical. The Social
Norms Approach offers a refreshingly honest and helpful approach
to the drinking crisis on our campuses by using the peer group as
part of the solution.
Richard H. Hersh, President, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
At last, a compendium of social norms information that addresses
both the theory and practice of employing this model in higher and
secondary education. This social norms handbook for educators, counselors,
and clinicians succinctly prepares these professionals to 'act on'
high-risk student behavior rather than 'react to' it.
Robert J. Chapman, Ph.D., Coordinator, AOD Program and Associate
Faculty, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, La Salle University
Social norms pioneer Wes Perkins has assembled the country's leading
theorists and practitioners to create the most comprehensive guide
available in this cutting edge field.
Timothy C. Marchell, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Alcohol Policy
Initiatives, Cornell University
High-risk drinking and its consequences continue to plaque those
of us in higher education administration. If five years from now
we are still chasing our tails ineffectually because we haven't
put the empirically based strategies outlined in this book into
practice on our campuses - then shame on us.
Ray Schwarz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student
Affairs, State University of New York - College at New Paltz
This book is a compendium of applications and cutting-edge findings
for a promising new approach to campus alcohol abuse prevention.
It is essential reading for student personnel administrators in
college mental health, fraternity and sorority affairs, and alcohol
and other drug abuse counseling.
Phillip W. Meilman, director, Counseling and Psychological
Services, Courtesy Professor of Human Development, Associate Professor
of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, Cornell University
In my community, multiple efforts to reduce underage drinking accomplished
little more than dividing it between those who believe in an abstinence
only approach, and those who believe in a risk reduction approach.
When I began to introduce the social norm theory, I found a new
sense of hope that there may finally be something that we could
do, as a community, to make progress on this important issue. From
the students themselves, to the parents and teachers, our community
is uniting behind the positive, non-moralistic and non-coercive
approach found in this book.
Lisa Stone, MD, vice-chairman, Board of Health, member, Drug
and Alcohol Prevention Advisory Coalition, Wellesley, Massachusetts,
and parent of three teenagers