Young children, adolescents and alcohol - Part I: Exploring knowledge and awareness of alcohol and related issues

Houghton, Stephen, Carroll, Annemaree and Odgers, Peta (1998) Young children, adolescents and alcohol - Part I: Exploring knowledge and awareness of alcohol and related issues. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 7 3: 1-29. doi:10.1300/J029v07n03_01


Author Houghton, Stephen
Carroll, Annemaree
Odgers, Peta
Title Young children, adolescents and alcohol - Part I: Exploring knowledge and awareness of alcohol and related issues
Journal name Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1067-828X
1547-0652
Publication date 1998
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J029v07n03_01
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Abstract This article explores young children's and adolescents' views pertaining to: knowledge and awareness of alcohol and alcohol related issues; social situations in which. alcohol use is present; orientation to alcohol risk; perceived and actual alcohol use; social image and reputation; and short and long term health beliefs in relation to alcohol. Forty focus groups were conducted with 240 primary school students (118 males and 122 females) and 24 focus groups were conducted with 192 high school students (90 males and 102 females); the total being 64 focus groups comprising 432 school students. Participants ages ranged from five years three months to 16 years 10 months. The videotaped discussions revealed that approximately 75% of the primary school-aged children and almost all of the high school students reported that they had tasted alcohol. Parents were primarily responsible for providing the alcohol. Virtually all participants recognised and were able to correctly name a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and levels of knowledge and awareness of the health and safety aspects of alcohol were relatively mixed. Presentation of bottles and cans was reported as being important in attracting young persons. These data suggest there is an urgent need for research addressed to the development of prevention/intervention education curriculum materials for use with primary school-aged children.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Expectancies
Prediction
Drinking
Patterns
Risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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