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  1. Beach week : A high school graduation rite of passage for sun, Sand, suds, and sex.

    Article - En anglais


    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.