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Adolescent perspectives about their participation in alcohol intervention research in emergency care: A qualitative exploration using ethical principles as an analytical framework

Rodda, Simone, Lynch, Ellen, McGovern, Ruth, Elzerbi, Catherine, Breckons, Matthew, Deluca, Paolo, Drummond, Colin, Alam, Mohammed Fasihul, Boniface, Sadie, Coulton, Simon , Gilvarry, Eilish, McArdle, Paul, Patton, Robert, Russell, Ian, Strang, John and Kaner, Eileen (2019) Adolescent perspectives about their participation in alcohol intervention research in emergency care: A qualitative exploration using ethical principles as an analytical framework PLOS ONE, 14 (6), e0217855. pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

Aims

To explore adolescents’ experiences of consenting to, and participating in, alcohol intervention trials when attending for emergency care.

Methods

In-depth semi-structured interviews with 27 adolescents (16 males; aged 14–17 years (Mage = 15.7)) who had taken part in one of two linked brief alcohol intervention trials based in 10 accident and emergency departments in England. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and subject to thematic analysis.

Results

Research and intervention methods were generally found to be acceptable though confidentiality was important and parental presence could hinder truthful disclosures regarding alcohol use. Participants discussed the importance of being involved in research that was relevant to them and recognised alcohol consumption as a normative part of adolescence, highlighting the importance of having access to appropriate health information. Beyond this, they recognised the benefits and risks of trial participation for themselves and others with the majority showing a degree of altruism in considering longer term implications for others as well as themselves.

Conclusions

Alcohol screening and intervention in emergency care is both acceptable and relevant to adolescents but acceptability is reliant on confidentiality being assured and may be inhibited by parental presence.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Rodda, Simone
Lynch, Ellen
McGovern, Ruth
Elzerbi, Catherine
Breckons, Matthew
Deluca, Paolo
Drummond, Colin
Alam, Mohammed Fasihul
Boniface, Sadie
Coulton, Simon
Gilvarry, Eilish
McArdle, Paul
Patton, Robertr.patton@surrey.ac.uk
Russell, Ian
Strang, John
Kaner, Eileen
Date : 12 June 2019
Funders : National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0217855
Grant Title : Programme Grants for Applied Research
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Lynch et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2019 12:58
Last Modified : 27 Jun 2019 12:58
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852167

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