Student and staff perceptions of alcohol as part of student life in Denmark: A Q methodology study

Article by Mette Terp Høybye et al published in PLOS one

2018.10.30 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

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Harmful alcohol use has been noted as the most dominant public health problem facing universities today. This Q methodology study sought to investigate the diversity in staff and student perceptions of the contribution alcohol makes to student life in a Danish university setting, recruiting participants from the Health Faculty at Aarhus University. The perceptions and behaviors around alcohol in this body of students are of particular interest, since they will later have professional careers as doctors, dentists and public health consultants, and advice the general public on alcohol in that future capacity. Five independent viewpoints on a the role of alcohol as part of student life were identified in the principal components analysis. The findings can inform future interventions at universities targeting harmful alcohol use, on the perceptions of alcohol among university students. 

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Associate Professor Mette Terp Høybye, Dept. of Clinical Medicine and IMC

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