A qualitative exploration of young women's drinking experiences and associated protective behaviours

Armstrong, Kerry A., Watling, Hanna, Davey, Jeremy D., & Darvell, Millie (2013) A qualitative exploration of young women's drinking experiences and associated protective behaviours. Journal of Youth Studies, 17(6), pp. 749-762.

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While initial research supports the effectiveness of protective strategies in mitigating young people’s alcohol-related harm, few studies have investigated these behaviours from a uniquely female perspective. Yet, young women consume alcohol within a social context that is distinctly different from that of young men and face risks that are specific to their gender. To explore a group of young Australian women’s experiences, perceptions of risks and use of protective strategies in relation to drinking in public places, we conducted either focus groups or one-on-one telephone interviews with a total of 40 women aged 18–24 years. While young women reported substantial risks associated with drinking, they also reported using a range of protective behaviours that moderated the adverse effects of alcohol, with most of these strategies being derived from the friendship group to which the women belonged. Our findings add to the limited body of knowledge on women’s insights into, and their use of protective strategies to minimise the negative consequences of alcohol.

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ID Code: 63830
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: alcohol, young women, risk perception, risk behaviours
DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2013.844783
ISSN: 1469-9680
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2013 22:35
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2014 20:47

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