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Alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents in Flemish secondary school in Brussels: effects of type of education

Hans Berten (UGent) , Dries Cardoen (UGent) , Ruben Brondeel (UGent) and Nicole Vettenburg (UGent)
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Background: Research regarding socio-economic differences in alcohol and drug use in adolescence yields mixed results. This study hypothesizes that (1) when using education type as a proxy of one’s social status, clear differences will exist between students from different types of education, regardless of students’ family socio-economic background; (2) and that the effects of education type differ according to their cultural background. Methods: Data from the Brussels youth monitor were used, a school survey administered among 1,488 adolescents from the 3rd to 6th year of Flemish secondary education. Data were analyzed using multilevel logistic regression models. Results: Controlling for their family background, the results show that native students in lower educational tracks use alcohol and cannabis more often than students in upper educational tracks. Such a relationship was not found for students from another ethnic background. Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that research into health risks should take into account both adolescents’ family background and individual social position as different components of youngsters’ socio-economic background.
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FAMILY, DRUG-USE, SUBSTANCE USE, SOCIOECONOMIC DIFFERENCES, HEALTH-RISK BEHAVIOR, ASSOCIATIONS, CONSUMPTION, YOUTH, EQUALIZATION, INEQUALITIES

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Berten, Hans, Dries Cardoen, Ruben Brondeel, and Nicole Vettenburg. 2012. “Alcohol and Cannabis Use Among Adolescents in Flemish Secondary School in Brussels: Effects of Type of Education.” Bmc Public Health 12.
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Berten, H., Cardoen, D., Brondeel, R., & Vettenburg, N. (2012). Alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents in Flemish secondary school in Brussels: effects of type of education. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 12.
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Berten H, Cardoen D, Brondeel R, Vettenburg N. Alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents in Flemish secondary school in Brussels: effects of type of education. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH. 2012;12.
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Berten, Hans et al. “Alcohol and Cannabis Use Among Adolescents in Flemish Secondary School in Brussels: Effects of Type of Education.” BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 12 (2012): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background: Research regarding socio-economic differences in alcohol and drug use in adolescence yields mixed results. This study hypothesizes that (1) when using education type as a proxy of one’s social status, clear differences will exist between students from different types of education, regardless of students’ family socio-economic background; (2) and that the effects of education type differ according to their cultural background. Methods: Data from the Brussels youth monitor were used, a school survey administered among 1,488 adolescents from the 3rd to 6th year of Flemish secondary education. Data were analyzed using multilevel logistic regression models. Results: Controlling for their family background, the results show that native students in lower educational tracks use alcohol and cannabis more often than students in upper educational tracks. Such a relationship was not found for students from another ethnic background. Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that research into health risks should take into account both adolescents’ family background and individual social position as different components of youngsters’ socio-economic background.},
  articleno    = {215},
  author       = {Berten, Hans and Cardoen, Dries and Brondeel, Ruben and Vettenburg, Nicole},
  issn         = {1471-2458},
  journal      = {BMC PUBLIC HEALTH},
  keywords     = {FAMILY,DRUG-USE,SUBSTANCE USE,SOCIOECONOMIC DIFFERENCES,HEALTH-RISK BEHAVIOR,ASSOCIATIONS,CONSUMPTION,YOUTH,EQUALIZATION,INEQUALITIES},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Alcohol and cannabis use among adolescents in Flemish secondary school in Brussels: effects of type of education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-215},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2012},
}

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