Critical Essay Analysis:
A Qualitative Study of the Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Risky Sex in Adolescents Justin Liauw
Coleman, L.M. & Cater, S.M. (2005). A Qualitative Study of the Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Risky Sex in Adolescents. Archives of Sexual Behaviour. 34 (6). 649-66. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-005-7917-6. This is an essay analysing the study topic purpose on the relationship between alcohol consumption and risky sex in adolescents. From this very topic, there are a list of explanations in the topic in what are the reasons and factors that lead to these adolescents to be influenced to consume on alcoholic beverages, the research question is seemingly clear featured with. I find this topic seemingly interesting as for me to find out if this research question is true, looking on what effects and motives that lead them to be influenced to drink alcohol, also looking at the findings if alcohol is the full reason to these adolescents being involved into the sex act or is it their social status or pressures that leads them to consume alcohol. Another purpose of this topic is also to help influence the mind of other adolescents to prevent themselves from going through this process and to make them aware of the health consequences and any feeling of regret if they are to engage on sexual actions through drinking alcohol. Reviewing on this particular topic, the research had shown how alcohol consumption over a single session can affect and increase a high chance of a risky sex in the young people, this risky sex can occur during a sexual intercourse without a proper use of birth control items, this analysis would seek out the relevance of how alcohol consumption may influence the adolescences in practicing unsafe sexual intercourse or other factors that may not involve alcohol to do these sexual acts. The ‘continuum of influence’ in this research review is one of the main purpose on the risky sex through alcohol, the five explanations within this continuum to determine and deduce each problem follows as such: how alcohol is affecting young people’s assessment of another same young person’s sexual attractiveness, how alcohol used as an “excuse” to ignite a socially unacceptable behaviour which a proposed behaviour was originally intended, how alcohol can increase confidence in young adults and lowering the restrain of one’s behaviour, alcohol in making one give impaired judgement in accurately recognizing and controlling a potentially risky situation and complete loss of control and memory from excessive alcohol. The procedures of the research used in-depth interviews which took about 45 minutes to 64 adolescents aged between 14 to 17 years. All participants were from southern England and vast majority was of White ethnic background, 61 % of the participants were aged 16 or above, 14 % living in rural areas while the vast majority in the urban areas, participants were recruited from a range of secondary schools, colleges, youth clubs, Youth Offending Teams and Connecxions services which are advice centres to supports adolescents on health, housing, careers and employment. Another method used is short screening questionnaires which takes 5 minute short consisting of 10 closed questions regarding the young people’s use of alcohol, this seems to work fine with each questions and time testing may help to further diagnose the participating young adults to help in their health and mental state, these questions are asked in formal areas such as schools and colleges, to those who volunteered would be asked for their contact details but details and answers are kept confidentially, they are those who uses the “direct” approach of interview. The short screening questionnaire seems to work fine with each questions and time testing may help to further diagnose the participating young adults to help in their health and mental state, the more ‘direct’ questionnaire involving stating of...
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