9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Inequalities and Social Revisions in European Health I Building I, 1E2

Youth´s health with respect of migration: finding from Swedish study

This study is a part of larger study entitled ?social alienation and health status among Swedish youths, 15-19 years old. Adolescence is ages between childhood and adulthood that lots of physical and psychological development and the major mental changes acquire. In recent years in Sweden young people have been emerged as a new vulnerable group in term of poor mental health. Several studies have shown that youths with migration background are more vulnerable in term of general health particularly mental health and emotional reaction. Youth?s health is one of the important concern of health researcher and policy maker, this study aimed to analysis heath status of Swedish adolescents with respect to migration and socio-economical background.
Method:
Participants
Sample size is 446 and participant of this study are Swedish youths who study at Stockholm high schools. Main characters of participants are students aged 15 to 19 years old (SD=1.01, Mean=17), 59% female and 41% male, 86% of them born in Sweden, 14% are first generation of immigrant, 25% second generation and 61% Swedish native.
Measurement
This study applied survey method with predesigned questionnaire for measuring health status of youths. Nottingham health profile was used in this study to measuring health status of youths. Version two of NHP that has been used in this study contains 38 in six groups. NHP cover 1: Physical Mobility, 2: Pain, 3: Sleep, 4: Social Isolation, 5: Emotional Reactions and 6: Energy Level
Results:
Results show that 10.5% of study population is not feeling healthy, and high number of them complained about Energy level 50%, emotional reaction 30%, social isolation 14%, and sleep 23%. It is also significant difference of feeling ill/health between first generation of immigrant, second generation of immigrant and Swedish native students. Result also show male students feel healthier than females.
Conclusion:
Migration has important role on feeling ill health among youths.