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Alcohol use and social interactions among adolescents in Sweden: do peer effects exist within and/or between the majority population and immigrants?
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (Nationalekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1113-7478
2010 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 70, no 11, p. 1858-1864Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Are adolescents who attend schools with a high level of alcohol use and binge drinking more likely to use alcohol and binge drink themselves? This paper analyzes peer effects in adolescent drinking based on a survey of 13,070 adolescents conducted in Sweden in 2005. The empirical analysis uses a multi-level logistic model to account for non-observable heterogeneity between the schools and the results show that attending a school with a high level of alcohol use and frequent binge drinking is a strong predictor of alcohol use and binge drinking for the individual. Hardly any significant interaction effects are detected, implying that peer influence is similar across different adolescent sub-groups. Looking at adolescents with different ethnic backgrounds, it is found that the drinking-pattern of the Swedish majority population has a significant effect on drinking by Swedish individuals and immigrants from Nordic and European countries, but no effect on drinking by immigrants from non-European countries.

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2010. Vol. 70, no 11, p. 1858-1864
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12355DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.01.046ISI: 000278035000028PubMedID: 20236746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12355DiVA: diva2:359683
Available from: 2010-10-29 Created: 2010-10-29 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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