This study compared prevalence rates of health-compromising behaviors among boys and girls from different ethnic backgrounds in early, middle, and late adolescence and compared co-occurences of such behaviors across gender and ethnic groups.
The study population included 123 132 adolescents in grades 6,9, and 12.
Adolescents completed a classroom-administered statewide survey focusing on high-risk behaviors, including unhealthy weight loss, substance abuse, suicide risk, delinquency, and sexual activity.
Prevalence rates of most health-compromising behaviors differed by gender, increased with age, and tended to be highest among American Indian youth and lowest among Asian Americans.
Strong associations were found between substance abuse and deliquency were associated with suicide risk across most ethnic groups.
Covariations with sexual activity and unhealthy weight loss behaviors showed more ethnic variation.
Prevention interventions should take into account the tendency for health-compromising behaviors to co-occur and should be sensitive to demographic and socioeconomic differences in behavior patterns.
Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement, Santé, Catégorie socioprofessionnelle, Minnesota, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Facteur risque, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Behavior, Health, Socioeconomic category, Minnesota, United States, North America, America, Risk factor, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0032153
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 21/05/1997.