Reference Group in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Types


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What is a reference group?

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1. Which of the following groups CANNOT serve as a reference group?

2. Which of the following statements is NOT correct?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reference groups help us decide who we do and do not want to be. This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your knowledge of reference groups, including what they are, what types exist, and what groups can and can't serve as reference groups.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Defining a reference group
  • Identifying reference groups
  • Matching reference groups with their definitions
  • Alternate names for groups
  • Choosing what groups a person might use as reference groups

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related social psychology lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about reference groups in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about avoidant reference groups

Additional Learning

To learn more about reference groups, review the accompanying lesson titled Reference Group in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explaining the purpose of reference groups
  • Demonstrating how reference groups affect us
  • Providing examples of different types of reference groups
  • Discussing the properties and effects of different reference groups