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McKay, Michael T and Ballantyne, Nicola and Goudie, Andrew J and Sumnall, Harry and Cole, Jon C (2012) “Here for a good time, not a long time”: Decision-making, future consequences and alcohol use among Northern Irish adolescents. Journal of Substance Use , 17 , (1) , pp. 1-18.

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A focus group methodology was employed in post-primary (high) schools in Northern Ireland to examine 15- to 16-year-olds’ (n = 68) understanding of the consideration of future consequences (CFC) scale (Strathman, A., Gleicher, F., Boninger, D. S., & Edwards, C. S. (1994). The consideration of future consequences: Weighing immediate and distant outcomes of behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 742–752) and additionally to examine if and how participants considered the future when making decisions generally and decisions about drinking behaviours more specifically. Results showed that many participants found some items of the CFC scale difficult to understand and reported that having the items explained and contextualised helped in their understanding of them.Most participants reported consideration only of the short-term consequences of behaviours more generally and of alcohol use more specifically. Implications for research of CFC and health promotion messages and interventions among this age group are discussed.


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