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Titolo:
Critical incidents and the perception of health risks: the experiences of young people in relation to their use of alcohol and tobacco
Autore:
Denscombe, M;
Indirizzi:
De Montfort Univ, Dept Publ Policy, Leicester LE7 9SU, Leics, England De Montfort Univ Leicester Leics England LE7 9SU LE7 9SU, Leics, England
Titolo Testata:
HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY
fascicolo: 3, volume: 3, anno: 2001,
pagine: 293 - 306
SICI:
1369-8575(200111)3:3<293:CIATPO>2.0.ZU;2-D
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SMOKING;
Keywords:
critical incidents; health risks; young people; risk; alcohol and tobacco use; perceptions of risk;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
31
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Denscombe, M De Montfort Univ, Dept Publ Policy, Scraptoft Campus, Leicester LE7 9SU, Leics, England De Montfort Univ Scraptoft Campus Leicester Leics England LE7 9SU
Citazione:
M. Denscombe, "Critical incidents and the perception of health risks: the experiences of young people in relation to their use of alcohol and tobacco", HEALTH R SO, 3(3), 2001, pp. 293-306

Abstract

Personal experience of an accident or ill-health might be expected to challenge a young person's sense of invulnerability when it comes to health risks. Such experiences might act as 'critical incidents' that drive home the message that 'it could indeed happen to me' and make the young person more concerned to avoid unnecessary health risks. But, is this 'rational' expectation borne out in practice? The research reported here investigates the extent to which such experiences constitute critical incidents-flashpoints inthe lives of young people influencing their perceptions of health risks. In particular, it investigates how young people, aged 15-16 years, reflect on their personal experiences and the degree to which they believe the experiences have affected them. Based on survey research, focus groups and interviews conducted in the East Midlands of England, a diversity of responses is reported and discussed. The findings indicate that the objective featuresof critical incidents in themselves are not the crucial factor influencingchanges in attitudes and behaviour. More importantly, it is the meaning that young people give to those incidents that is significant.

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