Every year, thousands of suburban high school graduates from mid Atlantic states flock to nearby coastal beaches for a long-anticipated rite of passage known as « beach week. » Sand, sun, and sea, and also smoking, binge drinking, drugs, and sex, are reported to be dominant themes.
To document risk-taking behaviors by girls during beach week.
Fifty-nine female suburban high school graduates who attended beach week in 1996 volunteered to fill out a confidential printed survey.
Twenty-five girls (42%) completed the survey during a typical beach week party.
Their activities were verified on site by a peer, recommended by her grade advisor for her integrity and popularity.
Breath alcohol values were obtained at entry and departure from the party.
The remaining 34 girls completed the supervised survey 2 to 3 months later.
Daily cigarette smoking (54%), daily drunkenness (75%), and sex (46%) were the norm among respondents ofour survey.
Few reported first-time sex (n=4) or drug use (n=2).
Abstinence from drugs (67%) and sex (55%) was not unusual but only 12% abstained from getting drunk.
Sixteen girls (64%) reported that they drank 8 or more beers/wine during a typical beach week party.
By departure from the party, 15 girls had breath alcohol values of 0.017 mmol/L or greater (reference range,<21. 7 mmol/L), and 8 additional girls had breath alcohol values of 0.01 mmol/L to 0.015 mmol/L. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Etablissement scolaire, Enseignement secondaire, Rite, Prise risque, Tabagisme, Alcoolisme, Relation sexuelle, Toxicomanie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Educational facility, Secondary education, Rite, Risk taking, Tobacco smoking, Alcoholism, Sexual intercourse, Drug addiction, United States, North America, America, Adolescent, Human, Female
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0152125
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 16/11/1999.