Title

Migration Intentions and Illicit Substance Use among Youth in Central Mexico

Keywords

Mexico, migration, drugs, alcohol adolescents

Abstract

This study explored intentions to emigrate and substance use among youth (ages 14–24) from a central Mexico state with high emigration rates. Questionnaires were completed in 2007 by 702 students attending a probability sample of alternative secondary schools serving remote or poor communities. Linear and logistic regression analyses indicated that stronger intentions to emigrate predicted greater access to drugs, drug offers, and use of illicit drugs (marijuana, cocaine, inhalants), but not alcohol or cigarettes. Results are related to the healthy migrant theory and its applicability to youth with limited educational opportunities. The study's limitations are noted.

Original Publication Citation

Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S., Hoffman, S., Calderon, C., Becerra, D., & Alvarez, D. (2011). Migration intentions and illicit substance use among youth in central Mexico. Substance Use & Misuse, 46, 1619-1627.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-09-28

Publisher

Substance Use & Misuse

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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