Socioeconomic Factors and Health Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents
Authors: Cubbin, Catherine; Vesely, Sara K.; Braveman, Paula A.; Oman, Roy F.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 35, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 28-39(12)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives : To examine relationships between a wide range of socioeconomic factors, race/ethnicity, and adolescent risk behaviors.
Methods : The Youth Asset Study (N = 1111) was used to examine multivariate relationships between sexual initiation, alcohol use, tobacco use, and drug use and 8 socioeconomic factors.
Results : Socioeconomic factors beyond income and parental education (eg, wealth) were associated with some health behaviors depending upon gender. However, we did not find that a wider range of factors helped us better understand racial/ethnic disparities.
Conclusions : Even the more comprehensive set of socioeconomic factors considered may not accurately capture the underlying construct of adolescent SES.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Publication date: 2011-01-01
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