Drinking and Its Impact on Research Proposal

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Proposed Research Methodology:

The literature discussion here above helps to lay out the two major phases of the intended research methodology. First, it is appropriate here to identify the research hypothesis that higher than normal underage alcohol consumption patterns in Blue Mountains are the result of cultural features specific to the male adolescent experience here. This is a claim which will be supported by comparative data between underage drinking patterns in Blue Mountains as they compare to NSW, Australia and the international community. Such data will be gathered through survey and focus group engagement.

The age of respondents has been identified as ranging from between 12 and 17 years, and has been selected for its high risk of underage alcohol abuse. Adolescent participants will be identified only according to age, gender and school affiliation. These will be used to draw conclusions pertaining to gender patterns, age patterns and regional causes for consumption spikes. Surveys will take the form delineated in the research by Henderson, providing a wide sample population with self-administered tests relating consumption habits to personal perceptions of the cultural, social and gender-related imperatives there associated.

The focus group would subsequently serve as a way of engaging youths in a discussion on alcohol consumption that is non-punitive and non-judgmental. The focus group would serve two purposes in simultaneity. By providing a forum for engagement that is not punitive, it may be possible to encourage subjects to speak more freely about their cultural and social experiences with alcohol, including possible external pressures and internal discomforts which might be assuaged through alcohol consumption. This will allow for the gathering of qualitative data on motives for underage alcohol abuse while simultaneously offering a context for intervention with negative habits. In addition to providing a context for the gathering of data, the focus group provides an open and non-judgmental way for youths to be instructed on the negative health consequences of underage alcohol abuse.

It is expected that the combination of these methods will yield both quantitative and qualitative data which can be considered in connection to those seen throughout NSW, through broader Australia and through the international community both in terms of statistical comparison and cultural relativity.

Works Cited:

Black, M. (2009).Blue Mountains Youth Mental Health Study. Mountains Youth Services (MIST).Blue Mountains Youth Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Reference Group (YMISA).Retrieved: July 8, 2010 from Http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/

Henderson, D. (2004). National Study Links Teen's "Sense of Self" to Alcohol, Drug Use and Sex. Retrieved: July 20, 2010 from http://www.sadd.org.

Martinic, M. & Measham, F. (2008). Swimming with Crocodiles. The Culture of Extreme Drinking. New York; Rutledge. Taylor & Francis Group

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse…

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Works Cited:

Black, M. (2009).Blue Mountains Youth Mental Health Study. Mountains Youth Services (MIST).Blue Mountains Youth Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Reference Group (YMISA).Retrieved: July 8, 2010 from Http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/

Henderson, D. (2004). National Study Links Teen's "Sense of Self" to Alcohol, Drug Use and Sex. Retrieved: July 20, 2010 from http://www.sadd.org.

Martinic, M. & Measham, F. (2008). Swimming with Crocodiles. The Culture of Extreme Drinking. New York; Rutledge. Taylor & Francis Group

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2006). Underage Drinking. Why Adolescents Drink. Retrieved June 19, 2010 from http://www.pubs/niaaa/nih/gov

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