Berends, L. B, Jones, S. C & Andrews, K. (2016). Adolescent drinking, social identity, and parenting for safety: Perspectives from Australian adolescents and parents. Health and Place,38 22-29. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.006
We explored young people and parents' views on adolescent drinking and safety in the locations where drinking may occur. Focus groups with adolescents and parents showed that many believed adolescent drinking and drunkenness is normative. Younger adolescents had more negative views of adolescent drinkers than their older peers. Adolescent drinking occurred in private settings and parents made decisions about allowing their adolescent children to attend social events based on the level of safety attributed to the location. If adolescent drinking was likely then home was the preferred location as it provided scope for risk minimisation. Positive portrayals of non-drinking adolescents and information to assist parents' decision-making are needed.
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