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Coping strategies of adolescents in high-risk drinking situations


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Batik, Mary 1992 , 'Coping strategies of adolescents in high-risk drinking situations', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The present thesis examined the coping strategies employed by
adolescents in high-risk drinking situations. Adolescent drinking practices are
affected by influences from four main sources. They are as follows: Culture,
Family, Peer and Self. The present paper examined the different responses of
adolescents when faced with influences from these sources.
Eighty male adolescents (aged 13-17 years) were drawn from two
populations, Christian based youth groups and State League Football Clubs.
They were asked to describe the two most recent high-risk drinking situations
they had experienced, that is, a situation in which they did not want to drink
alcohol but were most tempted to do so. The subjects were asked to recall their
cognitions and behaviours throughout each situation. From the situation
descriptions, the physical and social characteristics were examined. Utilisation
of different coping strategies were then compared across different social and
physical settings.
Seventeen coping strategies were identified that were extensively used by
male adolescents. An examination of the utilisation profiles for each strategy
demonstrated that the employment of different strategies was affected by the
social setting, the proportion of friends drinking, and offers of alcohol.
Strategies employed in situations involving high levels of stress were aimed at
removing the pressures acting upon them (problem-focused coping).

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Batik, Mary
Keywords: Youth, Youth, Adolescent psychology, Adjustment (Psychology) in adolescence
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. Includes bibliographical references. "Master of Clinical Psychology"

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