Risk Behaviour and Party Networks of Young Adults - A Cross-Sectional Study in Nine European Countries  

Luka Kronegger
Faculty of social sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Matej Košir
Institute for Research and Development ”Utrip”, Slovenia

A lot of research has been done on the topic of young adults and their peers. But with pace of emergence of new fashions, new drugs and overall changes in principles and way of living among young people, we believe that the question on who is shaping all this changes and what are exact indications of this changes has to be addressed. In the article we will present the relationship between risk behaviours of young adults and characteristics of their friendship ties. First, we present some general information on respondents and then explain the differences in network characteristics regarding their demography. Secondly we focus on networks of people who have been carrying weapon or have been involved fights and continue with networks of drugs, tobacco and alcohol users. At the end we perform the regression analysis to test the influences of demography and risk behaviour on network characteristics. The structure of network ties was measured on ego-centered networks and analysed with factor analysis which was used to extract two contextual dimensions of the networks: presence deviance related ties and presence of socialising and help related ties. The research was performed on data gathered on representative sample of frequent users of recreational weekend night life locations of nine European cities (Athens, Berlin, Brno, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Liverpool, Palma, Venice and Vienna) and is part of project Recreational Culture as a Tool to Prevent Risk Behaviours led by IREFREA (http://www.irefrea.org/).