Title

Booze Clues: Investigating the Meaning and Purpose of College High-Risk Drinking

Presenter Information

Maggie Maloney

Start Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 1:45 PM

Abstract

Purpose: This doctoral research project utilized grounded theory methods to investigate the meaning and purpose of “high-risk drinking” for 8 full-time college students. Research Questions: Four questions guided the study. They were:1. What were the experiences and contexts surrounding their initiation to drinking alcohol?2. What are the experiences and contexts which are significant now?3. What does this occupation mean to the participant?4. What impact does high-risk drinking have on performances in other meaningful occupations and roles? Methodology: HSIRB approval was secured and volunteer participants were recruited via flyers. Participants signed Informed Consent Forms and were screened to ensure they met the inclusion criteria. Eight participants were accepted and individually interviewed utilizing a semistructured conversational format. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by the author and two expert-checkers. My reflexive journal notes were considered. MAXqda2 software was used for data management. Results: I offer a grounded theory to view high-risk drinking as a hobby as defined within Stebbins‚ (2007) framework of a Serious Leisure Perspective. A serious leisure hobby has six key characteristics that give it special meaning and purpose. A serious leisure hobby requires (1) progression through a “career”; (2) development of skills; (3) perseverance despite financial, emotional, or physical costs; (4) benefits; (5) allegiance to the hobby; and (6) a unique social world. In this study, the participants depict a social world that reinforces that their hobby is socially acceptable, harmless and benign. Their positive expectancies of the benefits of their high-risk drinking hobby outweigh any concern about negative consequences that they may have experienced. Additionally, participants‚ time utilization patterns indicate an occupational imbalance in their lifestyle since they engage in only four areas of occupation: sleep, work/education, self-care, and the high-risk drinking hobby. Conclusion: By understanding the participants‚ viewpoint that high-risk drinking is a harmless hobby, we can understand the depth of their denial that they are at risk for physical, psychological or occupational dysfunction. This has implications for occupational therapists and other health care professionals, counselors, and administrators who advocate for prevention or design intervention programs on campus.

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Booze Clues: Investigating the Meaning and Purpose of College High-Risk Drinking

Purpose: This doctoral research project utilized grounded theory methods to investigate the meaning and purpose of “high-risk drinking” for 8 full-time college students. Research Questions: Four questions guided the study. They were:1. What were the experiences and contexts surrounding their initiation to drinking alcohol?2. What are the experiences and contexts which are significant now?3. What does this occupation mean to the participant?4. What impact does high-risk drinking have on performances in other meaningful occupations and roles? Methodology: HSIRB approval was secured and volunteer participants were recruited via flyers. Participants signed Informed Consent Forms and were screened to ensure they met the inclusion criteria. Eight participants were accepted and individually interviewed utilizing a semistructured conversational format. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by the author and two expert-checkers. My reflexive journal notes were considered. MAXqda2 software was used for data management. Results: I offer a grounded theory to view high-risk drinking as a hobby as defined within Stebbins‚ (2007) framework of a Serious Leisure Perspective. A serious leisure hobby has six key characteristics that give it special meaning and purpose. A serious leisure hobby requires (1) progression through a “career”; (2) development of skills; (3) perseverance despite financial, emotional, or physical costs; (4) benefits; (5) allegiance to the hobby; and (6) a unique social world. In this study, the participants depict a social world that reinforces that their hobby is socially acceptable, harmless and benign. Their positive expectancies of the benefits of their high-risk drinking hobby outweigh any concern about negative consequences that they may have experienced. Additionally, participants‚ time utilization patterns indicate an occupational imbalance in their lifestyle since they engage in only four areas of occupation: sleep, work/education, self-care, and the high-risk drinking hobby. Conclusion: By understanding the participants‚ viewpoint that high-risk drinking is a harmless hobby, we can understand the depth of their denial that they are at risk for physical, psychological or occupational dysfunction. This has implications for occupational therapists and other health care professionals, counselors, and administrators who advocate for prevention or design intervention programs on campus.