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

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Conroy, D. 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.
AuthorsConroy, D. and de Visser, Richard
Abstract

Our article 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. 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 to do 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.

JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Journal citation20 (11), pp. 1483-1493
ISSN1359-1053
Year2015
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1359105313514285
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105313514285
Publication dates
Online23 Dec 2013
Print01 Nov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Apr 2018
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
Copyright informationConroy, 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. Copyright © 2013 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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