Alcohol use within the sibship

McAndrew, Ryan, Russell-Bennett, Rebekah, & Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn (2010) Alcohol use within the sibship. In Ballantine, Paul & Finsterwalder, Jörg (Eds.) Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference 2010, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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With over 100,000 alcohol-related hospitalisations every year, risky drinking within Australia is a major health issue (Pascal, Chikritzhs, & Jones, 2009). Typically health advocates focus on parental and peer influence as a source of excessive drinking; leaving out the often overlooked role of siblings. Using consumer socialisation theory (Ward, 1974), the adoption of alcohol related behaviours between siblings was examined. Using a sample of 257 young adults alcohol behaviours were examined between sibship groups. The results revealed that alcohol type similarity was significant for siblings of who were of the same gender, but not significant for siblings of opposite genders. The results suggest that in order for an older sibling to influence a younger brother or sister they must be of the same gender and that there must be a relatively large age gap between them. This suggests that power in sibling relationships could play an important factor in alcohol behaviours.

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ID Code: 40847
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Marketing, Alcohol, Siblings, Consumer Behaviour
ISBN: 9780473178208
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2011 22:37
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 07:02

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