Public lectures: Researchers listen to children and young people on poverty & drinking habits

Researchers from the University of Bath will discuss how young people’s perspectives are pushing forward understanding on the impact of poverty on childhood and young people’s alcohol consumption, in a free public lecture on Thursday 20 May.

Dr Tess Ridge, from the University’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences will present Voices from the margins: children’s accounts of the impact of poverty on childhood.

Dr Ridge presents research carried out over a number of years with children living in poverty in the UK.

Her work engages directly with low income children to explore the impact of poverty on children and their everyday lives.

She said: “My research shows that poverty affects every area of children’s lives, in their homes, neighbourhoods and schools.

“The accounts of their lives show the damaging of economic and material deprivation, social exclusion and deeply felt anxieties about stigma and difference.”

She will be joined by Professor Christine Griffin, from the Department of Psychology, who will discuss young people’s attitudes to alcohol in a talk entitled Belonging: young people’s drinking and the importance of the social group.

Professor Griffin led research which suggests a radical re-thinking of national alcohol policy is required to take into account the social character of alcohol consumption and the identity implications for young people.

Professor Griffin said: “Extreme inebriation is often seen as a source of personal esteem and social affirmation amongst young people. Our detailed research interviews reveal that tales of alcohol-related mishaps and escapades are key markers of young peoples’ social identity.

“Getting very drunk with friends often insulates young people from viewing their level of alcohol consumption as a potential problem, deepening bonds of friendship and cementing group membership. Campaigns that aim to change young people’s drinking habits need to take the social importance of drinking into account, as well as the pervasive availability of ‘cheap deals’ on alcohol.

The lecture will be held on Thursday 20 May 2010 at 2.30pm in Lecture Theatre 4 East, Room 3.10. Free tickets are available from Paula McGrane by email or phone 01225 383555.




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