# reference group

(noun)

## Definition of reference group

it is a concept referring to a group to which an individual or another group is compared.

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## Examples of reference group in the following topics:

• ### Reference Groups

• One important concept in this theory is the reference group.
• A reference group refers to a group to which an individual or another group is compared.
• Sociologists call any group that individuals use as a standard for evaluating themselves and their own behavior a reference group.
• A reference group can either be from a membership group or non-membership group.
• An example of a reference group is a group of people who have a certain level of affluence.
• Sociologists call any group that individuals use as a standard for evaluating themselves and their own behavior a reference group.
• ### Socialization

• Merton hypothesized that socialization happens when individuals compare themselves with reference groups of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires.
• Beginning with Merton, sociologists call any group that individuals use as a standard for evaluating themselves and their own behavior a reference group.
• If, however, the same person considers the relevant reference group to be those in the top 0.1 percent of households in the U.S., those making $1.6 million or more, then the individual's income of$80,000 would make him or her seem rather poor.