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Is medicine use in adolescence risk behavior? Cross-sectional survey of school-aged children from 11 to 15.

Research paper by Anette A Andersen, Bjørn E BE Holstein, Ebba Holme EH Hansen

Indexed on: 22 Aug '06Published on: 22 Aug '06Published in: Journal of Adolescent Health



Abstract

To examine the association between smoking, drunkenness, and medicine use for headache, stomachache, difficulties in getting to sleep, and nervousness in a representative sample of 11- to 15-year-old school-aged children.Cross-sectional school-based survey.A random sample of schools in Denmark in 2002.All students in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades in these schools, n = 4824.Self-reported medicine use for headache, stomachache, difficulties in getting to sleep, and nervousness within the last month; self-reported experience of drunkenness; self-reported smoking.There was a strong and graded association between drunkenness and medicine use, even in models adjusted for the symptom for which the medicine was taken. There was a similar association between medicine use and smoking.The findings suggest that medicine use can be regarded as part of a cluster of risk behaviors among young people.