A Case Study of Adolescents' Alcohol Use in Denmark
This article discusses how Danish parents and their children communicate trust between them. By applying a distinct sociological perspective, and drawing on Niklas Luhmann's systems theory and concept of trust, this article explores new aspects of this communication. The article draws on qualitative data from a Danish research project: Thirty-seven focus group interviews with Danish adolescents of 8th, 9th and 10th grades (14-16 years of age) as well as six focus group interviews with parents of adolescents of 9th grade. The analysis shows how the parents emphasize the importance of communicating trust to their children. It also shows that trust somehow solves the paradoxical situation in which the parents find themselves. As regards the adolescents, however, it becomes clear that they do not always perceive the parents' communication of trust as trust. Thus, the adolescents observe the parents' communication on basis of their own, more instrumental, logic.
Journal of Adolescent Research, 2013, Vol 28, Issue 3, p. 325-347
Family policy; Child and youth policy; Family pattern; Addicts; adolescents; alcohol; family relations; focus groups; Luhmann; trust