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School Leaver (Graduate) Celebrations in Margaret River, Western Australia: A Community Approach to Management

Midford, Richard, Midford, Sarah and Farringdon, Fiona (2007). School Leaver (Graduate) Celebrations in Margaret River, Western Australia: A Community Approach to Management. Substance Use & Misuse,42(12-13):1915-1932.

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Title School Leaver (Graduate) Celebrations in Margaret River, Western Australia: A Community Approach to Management
Author Midford, Richard
Midford, Sarah
Farringdon, Fiona
Journal Name Substance Use & Misuse
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 12-13
eISSN 1532-2491
Start Page 1915
End Page 1932
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Field of Research 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract In recent years, an increasing number of young Western Australians have chosen the tourist town of Margaret River, about 300 kilometers south of the Perth, as the place to celebrate completing school. Typically, the celebrations involve intense socializing and considerable binge drinking. In 2001, the community developed a comprehensive management strategy to minimize the impact of the celebrations, while still facilitating an enjoyable experience for the leavers (recent graduates). This incorporated community members providing supervised activities for the leavers. Evaluation of the intervention employed a mixed methodology, comprising surveys of school leavers, interviews with community stakeholders, and participant observation. The findings indicated that the leavers generally got what they wanted from the experience and the community felt it had maintained control. Providing activities built a relationship between the leavers and the community and seemed important in minimizing problems for both groups. An added bonus was the community developed greater confidence and capacity.
Keywords Young people
Alcohol
Community
Prevention
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826080701530514   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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