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

ALAMA-nightlife

Understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways. A Longitudinal And Momentary Analysis in the 5 European nightclub scene

Mixed-methods ERANID project, co-ordinated by Utrecht Trimbos Institute, aimed at investigating substance use trajectories related to the European electronic dance scene.

Eclectica is involved in a web-based qualitative study aimed at analysing clubs’ social media (facebook and Resident Advisor) in fours countries, with a comparative approach.

https://www.eranid.eu/projects/alama-nightlife/

2016-2019


Drinking, gender differences and social change. The gendered dynamics of Swedish drinking situations from a comparative perspective

La ricerca si pone l’obiettivo di esplorare i cambiamenti della cultura del bere in Svezia, Finlandia e Italia, con particolare attenzione alle specificità di genere, attraverso l’analisi delle pubblicità di bevande alcoliche pubblicate su riviste femminili dagli anni Sessanta a oggi. Center for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University (SW)

2015-2017


BAONPS. Be aware Be Aware On Night Pleasure Safety

Progetto che sperimenta il servizio di drug-checking anche in Italia. Eclectica coordina la ricerca comparativa sui significati e i modelli di consumo delle nuove sostanze psicoattive (NSP) in Italia, Slovenia e Portogallo, che include la somministrazione di un questionario ai partygoers e una web-research sui social network e il deep-web. Rapporto di ricerca disponile su http://coopalice.net/baonps/

2015-17


Giovani, alcol e divieti

Opinioni e atteggiamenti dei giovani italiani sulle norme in materia di alcol

La ricerca, finanziata dall’Osservatorio Permanente sui Giovani e l’Alcool, si pone l’obiettivo di indagare le opinioni e gli atteggiamenti dei giovani (15-25 anni) sulle norme che regolano attualmente i consumi alcolici e sulle politiche che ipotizzano l’introduzione di maggiori limitazioni all’accessibilità alle bevande alcoliche.

http://www.alcol.net/images/rapporti_ricerca/Alcol%20e%20norme_Rapporto%20di%20ricerca_Eclectica%20_Definitivo.pdf

2016-17


AGGIO I’ A JUCÀ MA NUN TENGO ‘E SORDE

Una ricerca sul gioco d’azzardo visto dai Napoletani

La ricerca, realizzata per l’ASL Napoli 1 e il Consorzio GESCO, si pone l’obiettivo principale di fornire elementi utili a coloro che si occupano di prevenzione e cura del gioco patologico per l’elaborazione di strategie di intervento locali che meglio rispondano ai bisogni dei destinatari attraverso un approfondimento qualitativo. Sono state realizzate 40 interviste individuali rivolte a giocatori e un focus group e gli stakeholder del territorio.

2016-17