Adolescents' sense-making of alcohol-related risks : The role of drinking situations and social settings

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Katainen , A , Lehto , A-S & Maunu , A 2015 , ' Adolescents' sense-making of alcohol-related risks : The role of drinking situations and social settings ' , Health , vol. 19 , no. 5 , pp. 542-558 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459314557966

Title: Adolescents' sense-making of alcohol-related risks : The role of drinking situations and social settings
Author: Katainen, Anu; Lehto, Anna-Sofia; Maunu, Antti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, EHYT Finnish Assoc Substance Abuse Prevent
Date: 2015-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Health
ISSN: 1363-4593
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309265
Abstract: The article explores how young people understand the risks of alcohol use and how these understandings are associated with differing drinking situations and social settings. By taking account of situational factors, the aim is to demonstrate how young people have highly nuanced notions of drinking styles that suit different drinking situations and of associated risks. The data for the research were gathered in 18 group interviews with Finnish ninth graders aged 14-15 years. Short film clips portraying young people in different drinking situations were used as stimulus material for the interviews. Data analysis focussed on the risk factors related to the social situations illustrated in the film clips. The results show that young people's risk assessments are not based on alcohol itself, but the magnitude of risk is estimated in relation to the social setting of the drinking situation. What is relevant for young people is whether the social situation allows them to make choices with which they feel comfortable. At the opposite pole of problem drinking was social drinking for the purpose of having fun together with other people in such a way that one remains in control of the drinking situation. From a prevention point of view, a key implication is that awareness of the risks is closely associated with situational and social factors. However, the awareness of those risks does not necessarily prevent young people from drinking because they may be accepted as part of the drinking experience.
Subject: alcohol use
drinking cultures
focus groups
qualitative research
young people
YOUNG-PEOPLE
NARRATIVES
PLEASURE
BEHAVIOR
LIFE
5141 Sociology
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