Attitudes to gender norms and sexual harassment, and exploring the reasons young people are drinking less are new topics to Burnet Institute’s annual Sex, Drugs, and Rock‘n’Roll (SDRR) survey.
Since 2005, we’ve used the SDRR surveys to investigate sexual behaviour and knowledge, alcohol and other drug use, and other lifestyle behaviours in young Victorians aged 15 to 29.
From 2005 to 2014 we conducted the survey at the Melbourne Big Day Out festival, and for the past three years it’s been available online.
Project co-ordinator Caitlin Douglass said the section on why young people are drinking less could help to inform new interventions that might be delivered through new technologies.
“We’re interested in knowing the reasons people have reduced or tried to stop their drinking in the past year, and we’re also asking what services they’ve used to help them achieve that,” Ms Douglass said.
“Drinking less is a trend that we’ve noticed over time with young people, but it’s also evident in other data sources as well, and there’s not a lot of research on why that’s happening.”
Other SDRR 2017 survey topics include sexual health and behaviour, apps and sexting, pornography use, drug taking behaviour, mental health, and knowledge of sexually transmitted infections.
Participation in this study involves filling in a questionnaire, which should take 20-30 minutes to complete.
The survey will remain ‘live’ online through to COB, Friday 17 March.
The 2017 SDRR survey was made possible with the support of the Dina and Ron Goldschlager Family charitable foundation.