Young people, drugs and alcohol (YODA) – a 10-year longitudinal study
PROJECT IS COMPLETED
Project period: From 2005 to 2018
The project was a longitudinal study, encompassing survey and register data as well as qualitative interviews. The first wave of data collection included a survey sent to a representative sample of 2.000 15 year olds in 2005, and a survey with their parents. Furthermore, focus group interviews were conducted with young people as well as parents of teenagers. At the second wave of data collection (in 2008) the same youths were contacted again, and the study population was enlarged with 3.000 17-19-year olds. The 2008 study also included interviews with young people who had experience of more intense drug use. The third wave of data collection was conducted in 2015 when the youths were 25/26 years old.
The 2005 and 2008 surveys were linked to administrative registers at Statistics Denmark. Hereby high-quality data on the respondents’ educational level and school performance, unemployment and welfare dependency, crime, addiction treatment etc. could be related to their drinking and drug use trajectories. Furthermore, qualitative interviews were conducted with a sample of young adults who reported a higher than average alcohol consumption in the survey.
The aim of the 2015 study was to analyse the development in drinking and illegal drug use from adolescence to young adulthood and to answer the questions: What kind of drinking and drug use trajectories can be found among young Danes from age 15/16 to 25/26 and how are these trajectories related to family background, education and work? How do the alcohol and drug use patterns of 25/26-year-olds deviate from those of 18/19-year-olds; is drinking and drug use still restricted to socialization, parties and weekends or have some young adults started to drink or take drugs during weekdays and/or alone? How do drug problems develop in young adulthood, and what kinds of drug use trajectories – and personal and social life courses in general – are associated with addiction problems?
- Professor Margaretha Järvinen (PI), Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
- Professor Peter Gundelach, department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen (first wave of data collection in 2005)
- Senior researcher Jeanette Østergaard, SFI - The Danish National Center for Social Research
- Researcher Stefan B. Andrade, SFI - The Danish National Center for Social Research
- Associate professor Jakob Demant, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
- Associate professor Signe Ravn, University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Järvinen, M. & Bom, L.H. (2019): Maturing out as normative standard: Qualitative interviews with young adult drinkers. Journal of Youth Sudies 22, 5, 678-693.
- Østergaard, J., Järvinen, M. & Andreasen, A.G. (2018): A matter of rules? A longitudinal study of parents’ influence on young people’s drinking trajectiories. European Addiction Research 24, 4, 206-215.
- Järvinen, M. & Ravn, S. (2018): Playing the game or played by the game? Young drug users’ educational trajectories. British Journal of Sociology of Education 39, 5, 669-682.
- Andrade, S. B. & Järvinen, M. (2017) More risky for some than others: Negative life events among young risk-takers. Health, Risk & Society 19. 7-8, 387-410.
- Demant, J. & S. Landolt (2014): Youth Drinking in Public Places: The Production of Drinking Spaces in and outside Nightlife Areas. Urban Studies, 51, 1, 170-184.
- Demant, J. & S. Ravn (2013): Communicating Trust Between Parents and Their Children : A Case Study of Adolescents' Alcohol Use in Denmark. Journal of Adolescent Research, 28, 3, 325-347.
- Järvinen, M. & J. Østergaard (2011): Dangers and Pleasures : Drug Attitudes and Experiences among Young People. Acta Sociologica, 54, 4, 333-350.
- Demant, J. & M. Järvinen (2011): Social capital as norms and resources: Focus groups discussing alcohol. Addiction Research and Theory, 19, 2, 91-101.
- Järvinen, M. & S. Ravn (2011): From recreational to regular drug use: Qualitative interviews with young clubbers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33, 4, 554-569.
- Demant, J. (2011): Affected in the nightclub : A case study of regular clubbers' conflictual practices in nightclubs. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24, 3, 196-202.
- Järvinen, M. & J. Demant (2011): The Normalization of Cannabis Use among Young People: Symbolic Boundary Work in Focus Groups. Health, Risk & Society, 13, 2, 165-182.
- Demant, J. & J. Törrönen (2011): Changing Drinking Styles in Denmark and Finland. Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 10, 1244-1255.
- Demant, J. & S. Ravn (2010): Identifying drug risk perceptions in Danish youths. Drugs 17, 5, 528-543.
- Järvinen, M. & J. Østergaard (2009): Governing adolescent drinking. Youth & Society, 40, 3, 377-402.
- Østergaard, J. (2009): Learning to become an alcohol user. Adolescents taking risks and parents living with uncertainty. Addiction Research and Theory, 17, 1, 30-53.
- Järvinen, M. & P. Gundelach (2007): Teenage drinking, symbolic capital and distinction. Journal of Youth Studies, 10, 1, 55-71.
- Järvinen, M. & R. Room (eds.) (2007): Youth Drinking Cultures : European Experiences. Aldershot : Ashgate, 178 p.
- Demant, J. & M. Järvinen (2006): Constructing maturity through alcohol experience - Focus group interviews with teenagers. Addiction Research and Theory, 14, 6, 589-602.
PhD theses from the project:
- Ravn, S. (2011): Intoxicated Interactions: Clubbers talking about their drug use. Ph.d.-thesis. Aarhus University.
- Østergaard, J. (2008): Youth, Binge Drinking and the Parents’ Paradox. Ph.d.-thesis. University of Copenhagen: Department of Sociology
- Demant, J. (2007): Liquid Socialities: Approaches to Youths’ Alcohol Experiences. Ph.d.-thesis. University of Copenhagen: Department of Sociology.
Bøger/rapporter på dansk:
- Järvinen, M. (2018) (red.): Unge, alkohol og stoffer - et tiårigt forløbsstudie
- Järvinen, M., Demant, J. & J. Østergaard (red.) (2010): Stoffer og natteliv. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag & Rockwool Fonden, 2010. 243 s.
- Gundelach, P. & M. Järvinen (red.) (2006): Unge, fester og alkohol. København: Akademisk Forlag & Rockwool Fonden. 200 s.
Department of Sociology
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The project was funded by:
The project was supported by ROCKWOOL foundation, Denmark.
Project: Young people, drugs and alcohol (YODA)
Principal investigator: Margaretha Järvinen