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How Covid-19 restrictions affected young people's well-being and drinking practices: Analyzing interviews with a socio-material approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2473-6330
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2593-1931
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0856-9854
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8923-0870
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2022 (English)In: International journal of drug policy, ISSN 0955-3959, E-ISSN 1873-4758, Vol. 110, article id 103895Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The Covid-19 restrictions – as they made young people's practices in their everyday life visible for reflection and reformation – provide a productive opportunity to study how changing conditions affected young people's well-being and drinking practices.

Methods: The data is based on qualitative interviews with 18- to 24-year-old Swedes (n=33) collected in the Autumn 2021. By drawing on the socio-material approach, the paper traces actants, assemblages and trajectories that moved the participants towards increased or decreased well-being during the lockdown.

Results: The Covid-19 restrictions made the participants reorganize their everyday life practices emphatically around the home and communication technologies. The restrictions gave rise to both worsened and improved well-being trajectories. In the worsened well-being trajectories, the pandemic restrictions moved the participants towards loneliness, loss of routines, passivity, physical barriers, self-centered thoughts, negative effects of digital technology, sleep deficit, identity crisis, anxiety, depression, and stress. In the improved well-being trajectories, the Covid-19 restrictions brought about freedom to study from a distance, more time for significant others, oneself and for one's own hobbies, new productive practices at home and a better understanding of what kind of person one is. Both worsened and improved well-being trajectories were related to the aim to perform well, and in them drinking practices either diminished or increased the participants’ capacities and competencies for well-being.

Conclusions: The results suggest that material domestic spaces, communication technologies and performance are important actants both for alcohol consumption and well-being among young people. These actants may increase or decrease young people's drinking and well-being depending on what kinds of relations become assembled.

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2022. Vol. 110, article id 103895
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Covid-19, Young people, Interviews, Well-being, Drinking habits, Socio-material approach
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-210805DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103895ISI: 000882026800003PubMedID: 36323187Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85140433995OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-210805DiVA, id: diva2:1706766
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016–00313Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00457Available from: 2022-10-27 Created: 2022-10-27 Last updated: 2022-11-24Bibliographically approved

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