Researchers at SPHR aimed to identify what makes Sex Relationship Education (SRE) programmes effective, acceptable, sustainable and capable of being implemented.
October 2013 - September 2018
DrinkThink: alcohol screening and brief intervention for young people in youth, social service, and healthcare settings – a mixed method evaluation and intervention development study
Research Team: Professor Matthew Hickman, Professor Rona Campbell, Professor Will Hollingworth, Dr Judi Kidger, Dr Fiona Fox, Dr Jane Derges and Professor Eileen Kaner
Who's involved: University of Bristol & Fuse
June 2014 - March 2017
Alcohol use among young people is an important public health concern in the UK. There are several approaches used to address alcohol use among the adult population, but less for younger age-groups.
This study aimed to investigate how DrinkThink, a specially designed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) for young people, was being applied by staff who were trained in its delivery.
In order to evaluate DrinkThink, a qualitative study was conducted by SPHR researchers at the University of Bristol, alongside partners at a local youth drug and alcohol service located in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES). A total of five focus groups and eight individual interviews were held with staff from health, youth and social care services who had been trained to deliver the intervention. The training included information on risks to health from alcohol use, exploration of scenarios in which young people might be at risk using alcohol, and information on how to apply the DrinkThink materials.
An interim finding from the study showed that few staff were delivering the intervention as planned, despite the training. The research highlighted three core reasons:
The findings highlighted that a co-production approach with staff in the future would increase acceptability of training and improve chances of a successful implementation.
SPHR final report: DrinkThink Alcohol brief intervention for young people
Derges, J, Kidger, J., Fox, F., Campbell, R., Kaner, E., Hickman, M. Alcohol screening and brief interventions for adults and young people in health and community-based settings: a qualitative systematic literature review. BMC: Public Health (2017).
Derges, J., Kidger, J., Fox, F., Campbell, R., Kaner, E., Taylor, G., McMahon, C., Reeves, L., Hickman, M. “DrinkThink” Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Young People: a qualitative evaluation of training and implementation. Journal of Public Health (2017).
This collaborative research was undertaken as part of the SPHR Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES):
SPHR project poster: DrinkThink experiences of professionals
SPHR research briefing: DrinkThink for young people