Research

For over 20 years, Eclectica has carried out research on lifestyles and high-risk behaviors at the local and international level.

Depending on our research objectives, we employ a variety of methods, including in-depth interviews, in-person and online focus groups, participant observation, online and offline surveys, photovoice, analysis of forums and other web content, regulatory analysis, advertising and communication studies, and secondary data analysis.

Action research is a frequently used approach, as it enables our researchers to work side by side with the people who are directly involved in planning and developing social policies and measures.

One of our prime areas of interest is behavior that can lead to addiction, such as alcohol and drug consumption or gambling. In this area, Eclectica has a prominent role both in Italy and internationally, thanks in no small measure to our participation in such consolidated European networks as the Kettil Bruun Society, the EMDASS (European Master in Drugs and Alcohol Studies) program, and CEAG, the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance.

Focus areas:

  • Alcohol: drinking styles and cultures, marketing, policies, prevention, treatment, alcohol-related problems
  • Drugs: consumption, market, prevention, control policies, online forums, the dark net, penal system
  • Gambling: gambling careers, regulations, economy
  • Eating disorders: young people’s representations
  • Hikikomori: prevalence and representations
  • Road safety: driver behavior, preventive measures
  • Health policies: prevention and health promotion, behaviors and lifestyles, participatory planning
  • Social health promotion campaigns and initiatives: approval ratings and effectiveness.

Our research project

Study on gambling careers and on the impact of regulation

Promoted by ASL TO3 and by Piedmont Region, the study aims at analysing the impact of regional law 9/2016 from the gamblers’ perspective and by using a trajectory-based approach. Furthermore the study aims at providing insights to local health professionals in order to develop prevention and intervention strategies.

2018-2019


EPPIC

Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems

Progetto finanziato dall’Agenzia esecutiva per i consumatori, la salute e la sicurezza alimentare (CHAFEA) che si pone l’obiettivo di approfondire, indagare e promuovere lo scambio di buone pratiche sulla prevenzione del consumo di droghe illegali tra i giovani in contatto con il sistema penitenziario.

Coordinato dalla Middlesex University di Londra, Eclectica è leader del WP dedicato all’analisi delle carriere di consumi dei giovani. https://www.eppic-project.eu/

2017-2019



Nightlife, youth consumption, interventions

Study on the consumption of legal and illegal substances among young people attending the main nighteconomy districts of Torino. The objective is to analyse their needs and to draw suggestions on prevention and harm reduction.

2018-2019


Hikikomori, young people resistant to social relationships

The project, promoted by Cuneo Municipality, is designed at constructing a safety net around adolescents at risk of social withdrawal with the involvement of the whole educational community.

Eclectica has been part of the coordination group and has been in charge of citizens’ engagement, by carrying out a study on the psychoemotional wellbeing of adolescents in Cuneo.

2017-2019