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Definition of Reference Group

(noun) A group to which an individual is compared or compares themselves.

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  • Plural: reference groups

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Cite the Definition of Reference Group

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “reference group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/reference-group/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

reference group. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/reference-group/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “reference group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/reference-group/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“reference group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/reference-group/>.