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    Negative experiences of non-drinking college students in Great Britain: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Jacobs, L. and Conroy, Dominic and Parke, A. (2017) Negative experiences of non-drinking college students in Great Britain: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 16 (3), pp. 737-750. ISSN 1557-1882.

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    Abstract

    AbstractResearch relating to alcohol use amongst university students primarily examines the effects of binge drinking. Researchers rarely focus on a range of drinking styles including light or non-drinking. This study was designed to gain an in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of female, first year UK undergraduates, who do not drink alcohol. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. Narratives were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA; by Smith and Osborn (Sage 51-80, 2003). Three superordinate themes were identified: “managing the feeling that you don’t belong” highlights the importance of managing social interactions as a non-drinker; “experiencing social exclusion” recognises the impact on social bonding as a result of insufficient socialising opportunities; and “experiencing peer pressure and social stigma” highlights the scrutiny and labelling participants endured. These findings provide an understanding of some of the difficulties experienced by these undergraduates as a result of their non-drinking status. Implications of this research are discussed and areas for future research are outlined.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Original Article, Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Alcohol, Non-drinking, College students, Females
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Mr Joe Tenant
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Tenant
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 08:58
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 08:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22690

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