VIDA Study

The purpose of this study is to understand more about the views and behaviours of parents/guardians/caregivers around their child(ren)’s alcohol use and their views on young people’s alcohol use in general.

Study aims and objectives

VIDA stands for VIews on Drinking in Adolescence. The aim of the VIDA study is to understand more about the views of parents/guardians/caregivers around their child(ren)'s alcohol use and their views on young people's drinking in general. 

We would like to invite parents/guardians/caregivers of children aged 13-18 years to take part in the VIDA study. This would involve a conversation between a parent/guardian/caregiver and a researcher where we would discuss your thoughts about this.

If you are interested in taking part, it is important for you to understand why the study is being done and what will happen. Please take time to read the information below before deciding whether or not you would like to take part.

Why are we doing the study?

Research shows that drinking too much alcohol as a teenager can make health problems more likely in the teenage years and in later life. The actions of parents can affect young people’s alcohol use, but little is known about parents’ own views about this. We would like to understand more about the views and behaviours of parents/guardians around their children’s drinking and their views on young people’s drinking in general.

Why is it being done?

It’s important that we understand more about the views of parents/ guardians/caregivers so that we can find out about family factors that affect the way young people drink alcohol. This will help us to develop and improve programmes to prevent harmful drinking among young people.

We have received funding from Alcohol Research UK to do this work.

Who can take part?

Parents/guardians/caregivers of a child or children aged 13-18 years.

Who is carrying out the study?

A small team of researchers at the University of Bristol are organising the study including Dr Georgina MacArthur and Professor Rona Campbell.

Study information

What will be involved if I take part?

The project will involve an interview - much like a normal conversation – that is usually up to an hour long, although it doesn’t have to be that long! Dr Georgina MacArthur, or a researcher from the study team, will carry out the interview at your home or in a private room at the University. The researcher will ask for your permission to record the conversations so that they can concentrate fully on what you say, but you can refuse this if you wish.

Do I have to take part? 

Participation is entirely voluntary so it’s up to you whether or not you would like to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will be able to stop at any time without giving a reason and without any consequences.

Will the information collected be confidential?

All data will be anonymised and completely confidential. Only the researchers will have access to the information we collect, and it will be kept in a secure place. The only reason the reseacher would need to discuss what you said is if you mention serious harm to yourself, a child, or somebody else. If this were the case, they would talk about it with you first.

What will happen to the information?

We will report our results in a health journal and in an online report so that others can read about and learn from our work. We may also talk about the findings at meetings or conferences. The names of individuals will be kept anonymous.

In the future, transcripts of interviews that have been anonymised as far as possible (e.g. by the removal of names and any references to places, settings, school or organisations) will be published in the University of Bristol’s ‘data repository’ and so may be seen and used by other researchers for ethically approved research projects, on the basis that confidentiality will be maintained. Data will be kept for a minimum of ten years.

Are there benefits or risks to taking part?

You will not directly benefit, but if you take part, you will help us to develop and improve projects to reduce harmful drinking among young people. We would like to give every participant a £15 gift voucher to thank you for your time and will pay for any travel costs.

We are aware that this can be a sensitive topic and if you become upset or distressed during the interview and want to stop taking part, you are free to do so at any time. No questions will be asked if you want to stop.

What do I do if I am interested in taking part? 

If you would like to take part, please contact the study team using the details below. You can also download a participant information leaflet and consent form here.

Contact us

Please contact us for further information or to take part.

Email: vida-study@bristol.ac.uk
Tel:  +44 (0)117 928 7295             
Mobile: 07773 644 811

VIDA Study
c/o Georgie MacArthur
Department of Population Health Sciences
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol BS8 2PS

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