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A qualitative account of young people's experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings

Giles, Emma L, McGeechan, Grant J, Scott, Stephanie, McGovern, Ruth, Boniface, Sadie, Ramsay, Amy, Hendrie, Nadine, McColl, Elaine, Sumnall, Harry, Newbury-Birch, Dorothy, and others. (2019) A qualitative account of young people's experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings. Journal of Public Health, . ISSN 1741-3842. (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdz074)

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Abstract

The United Kingdom has seen a decrease in the number of young people drinking alcohol. However, the UK prevalence of underage drinking still ranks amongst the highest in Western Europe. Whilst there is a wealth of evidence reporting on the effectiveness of both primary, and secondary interventions, there is little evidence reporting the experiences of young people who receive them. The present study reports the results of interviews with 33 young people who were involved in an alcohol screening and brief intervention randomised controlled trial in England. All interviews were analysed using inductive applied thematic analysis. Three major themes emerged following the analysis process: drinking identities and awareness of risk; 2) access to support and advice in relation to alcohol use; and 3) appraisal of the intervention and potential impact on alcohol use. There appeared to be a reluctance from participants to describe themselves as someone who drinks alcohol. Furthermore, those who did drink alcohol often did so with parental permission. There was variation amongst participants as to how comfortable they felt talking about alcohol issues with school staff. Overall participants felt the intervention was useful, but would be better suited to ‘heavier’ drinkers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/pubmed/fdz074
Uncontrolled keywords: Young people, Alcohol consumption, Public health, Alcohol, Drinking, Qualitative research, Interviews, School, Brief interventions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Meg Dampier
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 16:27 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 14:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74482 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hendrie, Nadine: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6437-0826
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