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Links between deprivation and risk of violence-related injury: a qualitative study to identify potential causal mechanisms

Page, Nicholas ORCID:, Sivarajasingam, Vaseekaran ORCID:, Jones, Sarah and Shepherd, Jonathan ORCID: 2018. Links between deprivation and risk of violence-related injury: a qualitative study to identify potential causal mechanisms. Journal of Public Health 40 (2) , e59-e65. 10.1093/pubmed/fdx073

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Background Deprivation has been shown to have a greater effect on risk of violent injury among adolescent girls than boys, but the mechanisms underlying this association have not been identified. Methods In this qualitative study designed to identify causal mechanisms, focus groups involving girls aged 14–16 years attending secondary schools in South Wales, UK, were convened. Schools were recruited based on a measure of area-level deprivation. Discussions were audiorecorded and transcripts analysed thematically. Results Girls from more deprived areas tended not to participate in organized activities, obtained alcohol from multiple sources, consumed alcoholic drinks of varying strengths in both supervised and unsupervised settings, and tended not to feel trusted by their parents; this led to poor adolescent–parent communication. Girls from less deprived areas tended to participate in organized activities, obtain alcohol from parents, consume low strength alcohol in supervised settings, and have a trusting and communicative relationship with their parents. Conclusion Deprivation may increase risk of adolescent girls sustaining violence-related injury by increasing their time spent in unsupervised environments, with alcohol and without parental knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1741-3842
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 13 June 2017
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2023 16:30

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