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Alcohol's harm to others: Using qualitative research to complement survey findings
3Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australien.
2014 (English)In: The international journal of alcohol and drug research, ISSN 1925-7066, Vol. 3, no 2, 143-148 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The purpose of this study was to identify the potential contribution of qualitative research to future Alcohol’s Harm toOthers (AHTO) survey research and some of the potential difficulties that may be encountered when conducting studies of thisnature.

Design: Qualitative, in-depth semi-structured telephone interviews.

Setting: Australia.

Participants: Potential participants were those who responded, in the telephone land-line-based Australia-wide AHTO survey ineither 2008 or 2011, that a child or children for whom they had responsibility had been harmed “a lot” or “a little” by someoneelse’s drinking, and who also indicated that they were willing to be recontacted for future research interviews. Ten participantswho selected the response “a lot” and 10 who selected “a little” were interviewed.

Measures: Interviews were audio recorded and professionally transcribed. Transcribed interviews were thematically analysed.

Findings: The qualitative study analysis enabled access to detailed stories, clarification of the validity and meanings of surveymeasures, identification of questions for future surveys, and contextualization of survey findings. The analysis also suggestedthat samples of people who agree to discuss harm from others’ drinking with a researcher are likely to be skewed in particularways.

Conclusions: The approach to AHTO research described here incorporates both the persuasive power of whole-populationsurvey research and the nuanced understanding provided through interpretation of in-depth qualitative interviews. It enables thepresentation of more comprehensive information about the nature and extent of AHTO.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 2, 143-148 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol, harm to others, qualitative, children
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109128DOI: 10.7895/ijadr.v3i2.178OAI: diva2:767347
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-11-13 Last updated: 2015-03-10Bibliographically approved

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