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Adolescent alcohol and illicit drug use among first- and second-generation immigrants in Sweden
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. Ctr Res Child & Adolescent Mental Hlth, Karlstad Univ, Karlstad, Sweden. (Nationalekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1113-7478
Ctr Res Child & Adolescent Mental Hlth, Karlstad Univ, Karlstad, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 184-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: This article compares adolescent alcohol and illicit drug use among first- and second-generation immigrants from Nordic, non-Nordic European and non-European countries with that of the native Swedish majority population. Methods: Using data from a 2005 survey, multilevel logistic regression analysis was performed on a sample of 13,070 adolescents. The survey was conducted in three Swedish regions containing 24 municipalities. Results: Second-generation immigrants from Nordic countries were more likely to use alcohol and to binge drink, while first generation immigrants from non-European countries were less likely to; this difference is mainly explained by the relatively low use by girls from non-European countries. All immigrant groups were more likely to use illicit drugs than were the majority population. The highest drug use was found among first-generation Nordic immigrants and non-European immigrants. Consumption patterns among second-generation immigrants were more similar to those of the Swedish majority population, implying more alcohol use and less illicit drug use. Conclusions: Preventive policy for alcohol use should target Nordic immigrants in Sweden (second generation), while preventive policy for drug use, which is a more general immigrant phenomena, should mostly target both Nordic and non-European immigrants.

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London: Taylor & Francis , 2010. Vol. 38, no 2, p. 184-191
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8750DOI: 10.1177/1403494809353822ISI: 000274785700011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-8750DiVA, id: diva2:280811
Available from: 2009-12-11 Created: 2009-12-11 Last updated: 2018-04-19Bibliographically approved

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