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

Jacobs, Lisa and Conroy, Dominic and Parke, Adrian (2018) Negative experiences of non-drinking college students in Great Britain: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction . ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Research 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.

Keywords:Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Alcohol, Non-drinking
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:08 Dec 2017 16:05

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