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Lifestyle Practices, Psychological Well-Being, and Substance Use among Chinese-Canadian Youth

2014
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Lifestyle Practices, Psychological Well-Being, and Substance Use among Chinese-Canadian Youth

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Lifestyle factors serve an important determinant of health and are critical to youths’ psychosocial development. This cross-sectional survey study aimed to assess the associations between lifestyle practices and mental health and substance use among a sample of 152 Chinese-Canadian youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Findings indicated that youths’ sedentary behaviors are linked to increased depressed mood, stress, and suicidal ideation. Moreover, a lack of healthy eating habits is associated with increased substance use. The use of a buddy program, installation of peer counseling, and an implementation of a holistic health policy may help promote healthy living for Chinese-Canadian youth.

Fang, L., Zhang, V. F., Poon, H. L. M., Fung, W. L. A., & Katakia, D. (2014). Lifestyle practices, psychological well-being, and substance use among Chinese-Canadian youth. Journal of Ethnic And Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(3-4), 207-222.

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