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Mental health problems, negative life events, perceived pressure and the frequency of acute infections among adolescents. Results from a cross-sectional, multicultural, population-based study.
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PMID:  17429925     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To study the association between mental health problems, negative life events, perceived pressure at school and the frequency of acute infectious illnesses in an adolescent population, and to explore whether the association differs by sex and immigration status. METHODS: A cross-sectional study involving all tenth grade pupils in Oslo in 2000 and 2001. Of 8316 eligible pupils, 7346 participated in the study, giving a participation rate of 88%. Twenty-four percent of participants were first- or second-generation immigrants. RESULTS: Mental health problems and negative life events were associated with the number of acute infections in a population-based setting, even after adjustment for possible confounding factors. For girls with an immigrant background, internalised mental health problems and own serious illness or injury had the strongest association with acute infections. For adolescents with a non-immigrant background, experiencing sexual violence had the strongest association, and for native-born boys the strongest association with acute infections was externalised mental health problems. Smoking was the cofactor with the strongest association to acute infections. CONCLUSION: There is a relationship between acute infection, mental health problems and negative life events among adolescents in a multicultural population-based setting.
Lars Lien; Ole Rikard Haavet; Magne Thoresen; Sonja Heyerdahl; Espen Bjertness
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-12     Completed Date:  2007-05-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for General Practice and Public Health, University of Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Diversity
Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data
Infection / epidemiology*
Life Change Events*
Mental Disorders / complications*,  ethnology
Norway / epidemiology
Self Concept
Stress, Psychological / complications*,  ethnology
Urban Health

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