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Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Online from: 2001

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Collectivist and individualist values traits in Finnish and Italian adolescents' alcohol norms

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Title:Collectivist and individualist values traits in Finnish and Italian adolescents' alcohol norms
Author(s):Matilda Hellman, (Based in the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland), Sara Rolando, (Based at Eclectica, Torino, Italy)
Citation:Matilda Hellman, Sara Rolando, (2013) "Collectivist and individualist values traits in Finnish and Italian adolescents' alcohol norms", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 13 Iss: 1, pp.51 - 59
Keywords:Alcoholic drinks, Drinking cultures, Finland, Group behaviour, Individual behaviour, Italy, Teenagers, Young adults
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17459261311310853 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The study aims to investigate a possible application of the concepts of individualist and collectivist (I-C) value traits in inquiries on alcohol drinking norms in different alcohol cultures.

Design/methodology/approach – Data from focus group discussions (n=16) with Italian and Finnish adolescents (aged 13-16) is trialled against some typical dissimilarities featured in the literature on I-C cultures.

Findings – The study shows that the features identified in the I-C dichotomy regarding personality traits and parental goal for children correlate with some culturally anchored meaning-making of agency and autonomy emphasized in judgements of correct ways of drinking.

Originality/value – The authors conclude that with certain caveats I-C dichotomy could indeed be applied more in the cross-cultural alcohol research.

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