Show simple item record Govender, Indiran Nel, Kathryn Sibuyi, Xolile M. 2019-09-12T08:20:27Z 2019-09-12T08:20:27Z 2017
dc.identifier.issn 1608-9685
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6786
dc.description Journal article published in the South African Journal of Psychiatry. 2017;23(0), a1022. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Alcohol use amongst tertiary education students, particularly female undergraduates, is increasing. Heavy alcohol use by tertiary students leads to a variety of alcohol-related problems such as damage to property, poor academic performance, problematic peer relationships, high dropout rates, unprotected sexual activity, physical injuries, date rape and suicide. Abuse of alcohol is attributed to curiosity and experimentation, peer pressure, low self-esteem, enjoyment, parental modelling, socio-cultural influences, stress and life events, self-medication and concerns about weight and appearance. Our study explores alcohol use and the reasons behind it amongst undergraduate female psychology students at the University of Limpopo. The findings will be important, as these students represent many future psychologists who are going to advise others on harms related to alcohol use. Methods: This was a descriptive survey, and the qualitative results are presented. The sample consists of 700 undergraduate female psychology students. A self-administered questionnaire included five open-ended questions which elicited the thoughts and experiences of these students about alcohol use. Responses to these questions were analysed using thematic content analysis. Results: The themes that arose were as follows: fun and enjoyment, socio-cultural influences, alcohol use leads to negative behaviour(s), peer influence, destress, concerns about weight and appearance, abstinence from alcohol and it improves self-esteem. Conclusion: The themes were reasons that female students gave for consuming alcohol. The majority of participants reported responsible drinking behaviour, but a notable proportion of female students’ drinking behaviours (across all year levels) are cause for concern in terms of negative impact at both social and academic levels. en_US
dc.format.extent 6 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Psychiatry en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Alcohol use en_US
dc.subject Female undergraduate students en_US
dc.subject Psychology students en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students -- Alcohol use -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students -- South Africa -- Psychology en_US
dc.title An exploration of alcohol use amongst undergraduate female psychology students at a South African university en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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