REFERENCE GROUP

Concept which refers to a group with which another group or individual is compared. In sociology, a group that subjects use as a benchmark for evaluation of their own selves and behavior. See also: social comparison theory.

REFERENCE GROUP: "The reference group provided invaluable information for the study."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "REFERENCE GROUP," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/reference-group/ (accessed June 28, 2017).
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