Youth drinking: the impact of socialisation agents and personal attitudes on alcohol consumption among the youth in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Matjila, Kagiso
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-18T09:09:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-18T09:09:02Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Matjila, Kagiso (2017) Youth drinking: the impact of socialisation agents and personal attitudes on alcohol consumption among the youth in South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <http://hdl.handle.net/10539/23093>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/23093
dc.description A research study submitted to the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Management in Strategic Marketing (MMSM) Wits Business School May 2017 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The research investigated the impact of three socialisation agents (i.e. advertising, parents and peers) and personal attitudes on alcohol consumption among South Africa youth. There is a growing concern of the high and year-on-year increase in alcohol consumption in the country which has not only been linked to social ills such as crime, violence, sexual abuse, but also to health concerns. Of greater concern is the ever growing penetration of alcohol consumption among young people. The South African government has pledged its support to the World Health Organisation to reduce the harmful use of alcohol; and appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to develop programs that seek to reduce alcohol-related harm. The findings generated from this study provide insights into social influences and social interventions that might assist in reducing the harmful use of alcohol. The research employed a quantitative approach and was cross-sectional in design. Non-random quota sampling was employed and a total of 300 youths from Gauteng were issued with self-administered questionnaires. The young people were at different life stages; students, blue and white collar workers. Using SPSS 22 and AMOS 22 software programs, structural equation modelling (SEM) was performed to analyse the data set. The results revealed that personal attitude, peer influence, and advertising exposure have positive and significant influences on youth alcohol consumption. Parental influence had a positive, yet weak and unimportant, effect on youth alcohol consumption. The implication of the results in this study is that government, alcohol manufacturers and the community at large need to consider, and possibly prioritise, other harmful uses of alcohol interventions and address personal attitudes that young people have developed to reduce the effects of peer pressure. en_ZA
dc.format.extent Online resource (x, 143 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Youth--Alcohol use--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Adolescent psycholgy--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Peer pressure--South Africa
dc.title Youth drinking: the impact of socialisation agents and personal attitudes on alcohol consumption among the youth in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian MT2017 en_ZA


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