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A qualitative exploration of alcohol use among student sportspeople: a social identity perspective

Zhou, Jin and Heim, Derek 2016, A qualitative exploration of alcohol use among student sportspeople: a social identity perspective, European journal of social psychology, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 581-594, doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2195.

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Title A qualitative exploration of alcohol use among student sportspeople: a social identity perspective
Author(s) Zhou, Jin
Heim, Derek
Journal name European journal of social psychology
Volume number 46
Issue number 5
Start page 581
End page 594
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 0046-2772
1099-0992
Keyword(s) alcohol use
sports
student-athletes
social identity
thematic analysis
Summary Research indicates that university student sportspeople are a high-risk subgroup for hazardous alcohol consumption. Adopting a social identity perspective, we explored the social and psychological processes linking sports participation and alcohol use. Twenty-two individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with UK student sportspeople (male: 12; female: 10). A deductive thematic analysis identified three core themes: social identification and sports group membership, identity processes in (alcohol) behaviours and sport context-specific significance of alcohol. Results suggest that the consumptive practices among student sportspeople were strategic activities underpinned by social identity processes, and which served to provide a positive sports experience at the group level. Our findings highlight the interactions between the sport environment, the social structure of sport participation and the multipurpose function of alcohol in this context. We discuss the implications of these results in support of a social identity approach to sport-related drinking.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.2195
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, John Wiley & Sons
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091931

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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