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Scand J Public Health. 2010 Mar;38(2):184-91. doi: 10.1177/1403494809353822. Epub 2009 Nov 18.

Adolescent alcohol and illicit drug use among first- and second-generation immigrants in Sweden.

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Department of Economics, Swedish Business School, Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden. mikael.svensson@oru.se

Abstract

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.

PMID:
19933223
DOI:
10.1177/1403494809353822
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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