Gender differences in teenage alcohol consumption and spatial practices

Holdsworth, C., Laverty, L. and Robinson, J. (2017) Gender differences in teenage alcohol consumption and spatial practices. Children's Geographies, 15(6), pp. 741-753. (doi: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1334111)

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In recent years teenagers have reported a decline in under-age drinking at the same time as their access to public space has been increasingly curtailed. In this paper we explore the spatial practices and drinking behaviours of a group of teenage girls and boys aged 13–14 years in Liverpool, UK. Our analysis considers how their use of space was bound up with experimentation with alcohol and how this varied by gender. We find in support of previous research that both boys and girls report nuanced experiences of public space, with some enjoying greater freedom while others have moved into more domestic and supervised leisure spaces in response to fears about their safety in public spaces. The boys also reported less alcohol consumption than the girls. These gendered experiences were mediated by social relationships and encounters with other young people, their parents and carers and also other adults in positions of authority.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Jude
Authors: Holdsworth, C., Laverty, L., and Robinson, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Children's Geographies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1473-3277
Published Online:06 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Children's Geographies 15(6): 741-753
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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