The Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence was a project implemented in 2010, by Dr Justin Barker at the Youth Coalition, that was funded by ACT Health and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
The research project and report aimed to investigate the experiences, perspectives and understandings of young people regarding alcohol related violence in Canberra. The Project examined the patterns of alcohol consumption, the value, and role attributed to alcohol and violence in the lives of young people who socialise in Civic.
This was a qualitative investigation that sought to not only obtain the subjective experiences and stories of the participants but also to engage the participants in an analysis of existing theories and models accounting for alcohol consumption and related behaviours by young people. The report is framed by the understanding that young people are capable of reflecting on, analysing and providing insights into their own behaviour and that of others; and situates this against other sets of data.
The findings of the research are specific to the ACT context of young people and alcohol related violence, and highlights the patterns of alcohol related violence for sub-groups of young people, the phases of alcohol related violence, and identifies specific approaches and initiatives that could be implemented in the ACT.
Click here to view the report Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence.