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    The importance of authenticity for student non-drinkers: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Conroy, Dominic and de Visser, R.O. (2015) The importance of authenticity for student non-drinkers: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology 20 (11), pp. 1483-1493. ISSN 1359-1053.

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    Abstract

    Our article illustrates the importance of authenticity to student non-drinkers. Semi-structured interviews focussing on the lived experiences of five non-drinking students were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis. We present four inter-related themes: ‘Retaining authenticity by not drinking’, ‘Tainting the self by drinking alcohol’, ‘Feeling trapped by superimposition and self-exposition’ and ‘Doing what you want to do with your life’. Self-authenticity informed the decision not to drink, became relevant within conversations about non-drinking and underscored issues of choice and agency raised by alcohol consumption. Entrenched assumptions about alcohol’s self-realising utility are challenged in our discussion, and future research recommendations are suggested.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): alcohol, authenticity, health behaviour, interpretative phenomenological analysis, university students
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 14:51
    Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 14:51
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13930

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