Migration Intentions and Illicit Substance Use among Youth in Central Mexico
Mexico, migration, drugs, alcohol adolescents
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Marsiglia, Flavio Francisco; Kulis, Stephen; Hoffman, Steven; Calderón-Tena, Carlos Orestes; Becerra, David; and Alvarez, Diana, "Migration Intentions and Illicit Substance Use among Youth in Central Mexico" (2011). Faculty Publications. 4010.
Substance Use & Misuse
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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