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Mental Health Problems Among Adolescents in Sweden from 1995 to 2011: The Role of Immigrant Status and the Proportions of Immigrant Adolescents in Their Surrounding Community
2019 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, ISSN 1557-1912, E-ISSN 1557-1920Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We compared the mental health of native and immigrant adolescents in Sweden from 1995 to 2011 and examined whether the municipality-level proportion of immigrant adolescents moderated the association between individual-level immigrant status and mental health. The sample (14,189 adolescents aged 15–16) was obtained from a repeated cross-sectional study conducted from 1995 to 2011. Adolescent self-report data (gender, immigrant status, economic situation, and mental health) and municipality-level data (proportion of immigrant adolescents) were used in multilevel linear regression analyses. Immigrant adolescents reported more mental health problems than their native Swedish peers. The long-term trend in mental health problems did not differ between the two groups. The association between individual immigrant status and mental health did not differ according to the municipality-level rate of immigrant adolescents. These findings highlight the need for public health attention to and efforts to address immigrant adolescents’ mental health problems in Sweden.

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Springer , 2019.
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Adolescents, Immigrant status, Mental health, Proportion of immigrants, Trend
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76610DOI: 10.1007/s10903-019-00951-0Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076589592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76610DiVA, id: diva2:1389976
Available from: 2020-01-30 Created: 2020-01-30 Last updated: 2020-01-30

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