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Health-Compromising Behaviours Among a Multi-Ethnic Sample of Canadian Highschool Students: Risk-Enhancing Effects of Discrimination and Acculturation

2014
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Health-Compromising Behaviours Among a Multi-Ethnic Sample of Canadian Highschool Students: Risk-Enhancing Effects of Discrimination and Acculturation

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This article examines whether acculturation and experiences of discrimination help to explain observed ethnic disparities in rates of three health-compromising behaviors: interpersonal violence, drinking, and cannabis use. Data were drawn from a cross- sectional survey of 3,400 high school students from Toronto, Canada, sampled in 1998-2000. Multivariate ordinary least squares and logistic regression models tested for baseline differ- ences in the health-compromising behaviors by ethnic identity. Subsequent models adjusted for control measures and introduced acculturation and discrimination measures. Results confirm that experiences of discrimination and acculturation are risk enhanc- ing, whereas active cultural retention appears to protect ethnic youth from participation in health-compromising activities.

Brown, C., Langille, D., Tanner, J., & Asbridge, M. (2014). Health-compromising behaviors among a multi-ethnic sample of Canadian high school students: risk-enhancing effects of discrimination and acculturation. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 13(2), 158-178.

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