Perceived financial status, health, and maladjustment in adolescence

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Social Science & Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.89). 03/2009; 68(8):1527-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.037
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This study examines the relationship between adolescent perception of family financial status and diverse aspects of health and maladjustment. Data were derived from the 2005 Ontario Student Drug Use Survey of 7th-12th grade students in ontario, Canada. This biennial survey monitors mental and physical health, substance use, and delinquent behavior in adolescent students. Results indicate that the significance of perceived financial status varies across adolescent outcomes. Greater emotional distress and lower self-rated health are associated with a perception of below average financial status. The associations of illicit drug use and hazardous and harmful drinking with perceived financial status vary for younger and older adolescents. Adjustments for parental education highlight differences in the influences of perceived financial status and parental education on health and behavior. Results highlight the utility of perceived family financial status in examinations of adolescent health and behavior, and the importance of examining diverse aspects of health and maladjustment.

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    • "Children and adolescents living in low social economic status (SES), urban environments have a higher preponderance of substance use and are at a higher risk for substance abuse (Hamilton, Noah & Adlaf, 2009). These adolescents may be subject to psychopathology (Sussman, Skara, & Ames, 2008) As a result, these students may use substances to relieve the stress caused by their environment and the consequential psychopathology. "

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