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Home safely after a night out

Rodenburg, C.D. (2013) Home safely after a night out.

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Abstract:Objective: Besides knowledge this study examined the effectiveness of an educational intervention ‘Going out safely = Home safely’ on actual drinking behaviour, behavioural intention, attitude, and the relationship between self-esteem and assertiveness when dealing with peer pressure. Method: A zero measurement and posttest consisting of a questionnaire is conducted among three secondary schools in Overijssel, the Netherlands. The zero measurement is completed by 588 students, the posttest by 633 students, 445 students completed both tests and were included in the analysis. Results: Of the participants 48% indicated they have never drank alcohol. Paired Sample T-test indicate that knowledge is improved from M 11.28 to M 12.12 <.01. Behavioural intention for alcohol use during live decreased from M 4.14 to M 3.92 p<.01. Attitude about own drinking behaviour decreased significantly over all time spans p<.01. Multiple regression analysis show that self-esteem and assertiveness are predictors for the level of difficulties adolescents experience when approaching peers about their behaviour. Conclusions: This is the first study which examined the effectiveness of the clinic ‘Going out safely = Home safely’. Results suggest the clinic improves knowledge and provides students a rational view on their own drinking behaviour. The clinic reduced the chance of drinking in the future and the chance of drinking driving. Last, the clinic ‘Going out Safely = Home safely’ shows students how to cope with peer pressure, which is one of the biggest influences among adolescents when starting drinking.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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