Effects of student lifestyle choices on approach to studying dance at university.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The following study was produced to research students studying dance in a university environment. The research is an acknowledgement towards the attention on the traditional student lifestyle and how students aim to find a balance between the implications that social life at university carries, involving alcohol consumption, in contrast to succeeding in their dance studies in a vocational setting. Although earlier research has contributed towards the physical and mental effects that alcohol has on the body, this study explores the role that social life and alcohol intake has on student dancers in the university setting. The research approach of this study was conducted using mixed methods; a questionnaire was used on first year dance students in order to identify participants for the study. Diaries were asked to be kept, by the four identified students, recording their patterns of sleep, diet, energy, everyday activities and alcohol intake of one week. A focus group discussion was then used to draw further data from the participants who then allowed a thematic analysis to take place. Key findings include: alcohol intake, energy levels and sleep patterns, living in halls of residence and the strongest issue to be pressure; involving both external and internal factors. This study evidences how students are easily influenced by peer pressure within a social lifestyle and presents how living in 'halls of residence' heightens this experience. The study offers indications to suggest that university students are not entirely aware of the potential harm they are causing to both their body and their studies through alcohol consumption.
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