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Social Bond Theory and Drunk Driving in a Sample of College Students

Year: 
2007
Researcher(s): 
Keith F. Durkin, Scott E. Wolfe, and Ross May
Institution: 
Ohio Northern University
Discipline: 
Sociology

This paper reports the finding from a study that examined the relationship between social bond variables and drunk driving in a sample of university students.  A questionnaire containing indicators representing social bond variables, as well as a measure of drunk driving was administered to a sample of 1459 college students.  The results of this study provide mixed support for social bond theory.  On the one hand, commitment to conventional activities and acceptance of conventional beliefs were negatively related to drunk driving.  On the other hand, neither the involvement component nor the attachment component was related to drinking and driving in the manner predicted by social bond theory.