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Stability and change in young people's alcohol use: Interactions between people and places
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

From earlier research on alcohol use it is known that use varies greatly with age, that initiation is most common during the teenage years and that use rapidly increases until young adulthood. It is also known that certain drinking contexts encourage alcohol use. Situational Action Theory (SAT) proposes that exposure to contexts which encourage substance use will cause alcohol use but only for people who are substance use prone, thus the crucial thing is the interaction between the prone people and the environments which encourage use. If there is a change in alcohol use, the theory proposes that it is likely to be explained by a change in exposure to certain settings and/or change in moral perceptions. The unique longitudinal data from the PADS+ study, linking behaviours directly to specific situations defined by where the act takes place and the people present in those situations, makes it possible to analyse situations rather than people. This paper will explore situations with alcohol use during people’s transition from early adolescence (age 13) to young adulthood (age 21) and the stability of the influence of people’s propensity, their exposure to settings encouraging substance use, and the interaction between these two.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-128456DiVA: diva2:915024
Conference
71st Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., USA, 18-21 November, 2015
Projects
Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+)
Available from: 2016-03-29 Created: 2016-03-29 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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