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The Mental Health Advantage of Immigrant-Background Youth: The Role of Family Factors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden; Nuffield College, UK.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
2017 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 79, no 2, 419-436 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children of immigrant background, despite problems with acculturation, poverty, and discrimination, have better mental health than children of native parents. We asked whether this is a result of immigrant families' characteristics such as family structure and relations. Using a new comparative study on the integration of immigrant-background youth conducted in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden (N= 18,716), particularly strong associations with mental health (internalizing and externalizing problems) were found for family structure, family cohesion, and parental warmth. Overall, half of the advantage in internalizing and externalizing problems among immigrant-background youth could be accounted for by our measures of family structure and family relations, with family cohesion being particularly important.

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2017. Vol. 79, no 2, 419-436 p.
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adolescents, family, family relations, immigrants, mental health
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-142080DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12340ISI: 000396930100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-142080DiVA: diva2:1090685
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved

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