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ERIC Number: EJ946323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Parental Perspectives on Alcohol Use among School-Aged Children in Ghana
Obeng, Cecilia
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v14 p59-67 2011
Research on alcohol misuse and abuse indicates that it can cause many personal health and family problems. This study investigated whether Ghanaian parents would reward their children with alcohol if they sent the children to buy alcoholic drinks and whether they would favor legislation banning children from using alcohol. Also addressed in this study was how parental attitudes towards alcohol affect children's attitudes toward alcohol. A total of 104 parents were included in this research. The data were analyzed using basic descriptive statistics for the closed-ended questions and thematic analysis for questions that were open-ended. Results indicated that 81% of the respondents had not sent children to buy alcohol, whereas 16% had done so; 3% had no recollection. Of the respondents who had sent children to buy alcohol, 43.8% had rewarded them with alcoholic drinks. The majority of the parents who rewarded the children with alcohol were drinkers themselves. Overall, 95% of the parents in the study favored legislation banning children from using alcohol. With parents overwhelmingly in favor of legislation banning children from using alcohol, a larger study should be conducted that explores the views of parents throughout Ghana as one step in an initiative to tackle alcohol-use among Ghanaian children. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ghana