Supply of alcohol to underage drinkers: misperceptions of community norms

Jones, Sandra C. and Francis, Kate L. 2015, Supply of alcohol to underage drinkers: misperceptions of community norms, Social science and medicine, vol. 147, pp. 158-162, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.067.

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Title Supply of alcohol to underage drinkers: misperceptions of community norms
Author(s) Jones, Sandra C.
Francis, Kate L.ORCID iD for Francis, Kate L.
Journal name Social science and medicine
Volume number 147
Start page 158
End page 162
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 0277-9536
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Social norm
Adolescent Behavior
Middle Aged
New South Wales
Residence Characteristics
Social Norms
Surveys and Questionnaires
Underage Drinking
Young Adult
Summary RATIONALE: Adult approval and acceptance of alcohol use is highly correlated with underage drinking. Social norms influence young people's decisions to drink alcohol. While there is a dearth of studies to date, it is likely that social norms also influence adults' decisions to provide adolescents with alcohol.
OBJECTIVE: The current study explored the (in)consistencies between own and perceptions of others' views of underage drinking and the provision of alcohol to underage drinkers.
METHODS: Computer assisted telephone survey of 1160 adults in two communities in New South Wales, Australia.
RESULTS: Parents and community members were generally opposed to underage drinking and supply of alcohol to adolescents. Females, older respondents, and those who were parents were significantly more likely to disapprove of both underage drinking and supply of alcohol. However, across all of the behaviours, parents and non-parents alike perceived general community attitudes to be more liberal than their own.
CONCLUSION: There is a need for community-based interventions that target parental misperceptions about the prevalence of youth drinking and the acceptability of drinking and supply of alcohol within their local community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.067
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1601 Anthropology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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