The RAVE study

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: November 1994
  • Expected end date: December 1997
  • Completion date: December 1997
  • Funded by: NCRPDA
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This project is an investigation of the drug use and harm reduction knowledge and strategies employed by young people who attend 'rave' dance parties in Perth. The one and a half hour interviews are being conducted in two parts. The first is an audio-taped semi-structured qualitative interview, during which interviewees are asked to take the interviewer on a 'trip' from when they first heard about a recent rave, through preparation for the event, the rave itself and the post rave experiences. A structured questionnaire with a self-completion sexual behaviour section forms the second part of the interview. Topics include drug history, rave-related drug use, HIV risk behaviour, knowledge of drug related harm, and demographic information. Eighty subjects are being recruited through flyers in clothing and music stores which cater to the rave scene and through snowballing. Subjects are to have attended a rave in the previous six months, and are paid $20 for their time and experience.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Simon Lenton
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1603
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Kathryn Norcross,

Lenton, S. and Davidson, P. (1999). Raves, drugs, dealing and driving: qualitative data from a Western Australian sample. Drug and Alcohol Review, 18, (2), pp. 153-161. DOI: 10.1080/09595239996581 [RJ304] View web page

Boys, A., Lenton, S. and Norcross, K., J. (1997). Polydrug use at raves by a Western Australian sample. Drug and Alcohol Review, 16, (3), pp. 227-234. DOI: 10.1080/09595239800187411 [RJ275] View web page

Lenton, S., Boys, A. and Norcross, K., J. (1997). Raves, drugs and experience: A study of drug use among a sample of people who attend raves in Western Australia. Addiction, 92, (10), pp. 1327-1337. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1997.tb02851.x [RJ248] View web page