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dc.contributor.advisorFrommherz, Gudrun
dc.contributor.authorSaroop, Anjali
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-15T21:48:56Z
dc.date.available2013-05-15T21:48:56Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013-05-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/5340
dc.description.abstractBinge drinking, recognized as a risky behaviour, is prevalent in adults and teenagers in major parts of the world. This study expands the understanding of people’s attitude towards binge drinking, by investigating posts on the topic made by participants of an online forum from a health behaviour perspective. The research examines whether the online forum influences change in participants’ drinking habits.The research uses an original health behaviour model derived from a number of existing health models. Findings of the study suggest that participants binge drink for several reasons, from regulating their emotions to defying moral codes. The posts on the forum were seen to influence participants to consider their binge drinking habits and support behaviour change; however not all of them appeared to be a healthy influence on participants. The framework designed for the research may be applied by health care professionals to investigate attitudes of people towards binge drinking and accordingly guide them to healthy behaviour change. Health communication professionals can employ the framework for developing communication campaigns against binge drinking.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectBinge drinkingen_NZ
dc.subjectOnline forumsen_NZ
dc.subjectContent analysisen_NZ
dc.subjectHealth behaviour modelsen_NZ
dc.subjectAlcoholen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleGood man, you enjoy your beer! An investigation of online forum posts on binge drinking from a health belief perspectiveen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Communication Studiesen_NZ
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dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2013-05-15T05:26:32Z


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