The importance of authenticity for student non-drinkers: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Conroy, Dominic and de Visser, Richard (2015) The importance of authenticity for student non-drinkers: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 20 (11). pp. 1483-1493. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

Our paper illustrates the importance of authenticity to student non-drinkers. Semi-structured interviews focussing on the lived experiences of five non-drinking students were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). We present four inter-related themes: ‘Retaining authenticity by not drinking’; ‘Tainting the self by drinking alcohol’; ‘Feeling trapped by superimposition and self-exposition’ and ‘Doing what you want with your life’. Self-authenticity informed the decision not to drink, became relevant within conversations about non-drinking, and underscored issues of choice and agency raised by alcohol consumption. Entrenched assumptions about alcohol’s self-realising utility are challenged in our discussion and future research recommendations are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0697 Differential psychology. Individuality. Self
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dominic Conroy
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 14:39
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 11:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46917

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