Annie Smith

Marion Doull, Ryan J. Watson, Annie Smith, Yuko Homma, Elizabeth Saewyc, Are we leveling the playing field? Trends and disparities in sports participation among sexual minority youth in Canada, Journal of Sport and Health Science (2016), 1-9.

Sports participation and physical fitness are widely beneficial for young people, yet activity levels among young people are declining. Despite growing popular media attention on the participation of sexual minority (e.g., lesbian, gay, and bisexual) youth in sports and various campaigns to improve the often homophobic climate of sports, there is limited evidence that sexual […]

Smith, A., Stewart, D., Poon, C., Peled, M., Saewyc, E. and McCreary Centre Society. (2014). From Hastings Street to Haida Gwaii: Provincial results of the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey.McCreary Centre Society

The 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey was administered to almost 30,000 public school students across the province. It provides a comprehensive look at the health of youth aged 12–19. The results from the survey show us that British Columbia youth come from increasingly diverse backgrounds. For example, between 2008 and 2013 the percentage of students […]

Poon C, Smith A, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). Sexual health of youth in BC. McCreary Centre Society

In 2013, the h BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) was completed by nearly 30,000 students in grades 7 to 12 in public schools across British Columbia. Sexual health was one of many topics covered in the survey. Youth were asked about their sexual health behaviours and sexual experiences. As some youth do not consider engaging in oral […]

Smith A, Peled M, Poon C, Stewart D, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). We all have a role: Building social capital among youth in care. McCreary Centre Society

Research has shown the value of social capital in relation to an individual’s health, happiness, and improved life expectancy, as well as the benefits to a community of having social networks that can come together to support the community and make positive change happen. Using data from the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey which was […]

Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Peled M, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). Our communities, our youth: The health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC. McCreary Centre Society

Youth across British Columbia most commonly first became homeless or street-involved when they were 13 or 14 years old, although more than a quarter (28%) first became homeless at a younger age. As in 2006, Aboriginal youth were over-represented among homeless and street-involved youth (53% of survey respondents). Other marginalized groups of youth who were […]

Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Peled M, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). How many is too many for BC youth? Alcohol use and associated harms. McCreary Centre Society

Among 12- to 19-year-olds who completed the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS), 45% of males and females had tried alcohol. With this percentage of BC students consuming alcohol it is important to establish the level at which use becomes harmful. Some people would argue that any use is risky, and some of the […]

Tourand, J., Smith, A., Poon, C., Saewyc,E. & McCreary Centre Society. (2016). Raven’s Children IV: Aboriginal youth health in BC.McCreary Centre Society

There have been many improvements in Aboriginal youth health over the past decade. For example, there was a decrease in the percentage reporting serious injuries and an increase in those eating fruit and vegetables. Youth were less likely to have tried tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, or other substances than in previous years; and the percentages who […]

Saewyc E., Poon C., Kovaleva K., Tourand J., & Smith A. (2016). School-based interventions to reduce health disparities among LGBTQ youth: Considering the evidence. Vancouver: McCreary Centre Society & Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre.

There is a need for health promotion interventions for LGBTQ youth that can reduce critical health gaps that LGBTQ youth experience. Schools are an important environment for youth, and a key place where public health professionals, partnering with school staff, can support effective health promotion strategies. Indeed, some of the best strategies for promoting youth […]

Saewyc E, Tsuruda S, Homma Y, Smith A, Brunanski D. (2013). Population-based evidence for fostering cultural connectedness to reduce inequities among Indigenous Canadian adolescents.

Plenary presentation at the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, March 13-16, Atlanta, Georgia.

Tsuruda S., Hoogeveen C., Smith A., Poon C., Saewyc E., & the McCreary Centre Society (2012). Raven’s Children III: Aboriginal youth health in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

McCreary’s review of the health of Aboriginal youth in BC. The report was overseen by an advisory committee of experts in Aboriginal youth health, and includes data from over 3,000 Aboriginal youth as well as input from more than 100 Aboriginal youth and adults across the province who reviewed the findings. Using data from the […]

Tsuruda, S., Smith, A., Poon, C., Saewyc, E., & McCreary Centre Society (2012). Métis youth health in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

This brief report explores the health picture of Métis youth in British Columbia. It is based on data from the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS). The data presented here is about Métis youth in the mainstream public school system, and includes youth who were present on the day the survey was administered. It therefore […]

Smith A., Stewart D., Poon C., Hoogeveen C, Saewyc E. (2012). Promoting positive mental health: risk and protective factors for youth who experienced physical and sexual abuse [abstract]. Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada, Volume 32, Suppl 1.

Background: Sexual abuse and physical abuse are risk factors for a trajectory of poor mental health. Purpose: To identify specific risk and protective factors associated with mental health for male and female youth who have experienced physical and sexual abuse. Study/Intervention Design: A mixed methods study using data from the 2008 BC‡ Adolescent Health Survey […]

Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Saewyc E. (2010). Drug use among 16 to 18 year old BC students. (Adolescent Health Survey IV Bulletin). Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

While the use of alcohol and marijuana is widespread among 16-18 year olds the use of  other substances is much less common. Those youth who do use these substances are often coping with negative experiences in their lives and need the support of family, schools, peers and their communities. Find the fact sheet here.

Stewart D, Vallance K, Stockwell T, Reimber B, Smith A, Reist D, & Saewyc E. (2009). Adolescent Substance Use and Related Harms in BC (CARBC and McCreary Centre Society Statistical Bulletin). Victoria, British Columbia: University of Victoria.

This 8 page bulletin using data from the 2008 Adolescent Health Survey shows that the rates of students using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco have declined over the past decade. The report is a joint publication of McCreary Centre Society and the Centre of Addictions Research of BC. Find the fact sheet here.

Smith, A., Stewart D., Peled, M., Poon, C. Saewyc, E. & the McCreary Centre Society (2009). A Picture of Health: Highlights of the 2008 British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

This report provides the results of the fourth Adolescent Health Survey conducted in 1,760 classrooms across 50 of BC’s 59 school districts. The 2008 AHS is the largest survey of its kind in Canada and provides the most comprehensive picture of the physical and emotional health of BC youth, including risk and protective factors. The […]

Smith, A., Peled, M., Albert, M., MacKay, L., Stewart, D, Saewyc, E., & the McCreary Centre Society. (2008). Making the Grade: A Review of Alternate Education Programs in British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

A review of alternative education programs in BC, involving three hundred thirty-nine youth attending 34 alternative education programs for “at-risk” and “high risk” youth across the province, and 62 adult stakeholders. The review documents the positive impact of these programs for at-risk youth. ISBN #: 978-1-895438-86-1 Find the report here.

Albert M, Saewyc E, Smith A, MacKay L. (2008). Changes in substance use patterns for street-involved youth cohorts in British Columbia [abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 42, Issue 2 Supplement, page S49.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine whether substance use patterns among younger street-involved youth have changed in 5 cities across British Columbia between 2000 and 2006. Methods: This study involved data from two surveys of street-involved youth in 2000 and 2006. Both surveys were conducted using nearly identical community-based participatory methods in […]

Brunanski D, Bingham B, Smith A, & Saewyc E. (2008). Mental health issues among Aboriginal street-involved youth in Western Canada. [abstract] International Journal of Psychology, Volume 43, Issue 3-4, 230.

This study explored health issues of younger Aboriginal street-involved youth (< 19 years) from nine communities of a Western Canadian province. A participatory research population-based survey (N = 762) found disproportionate Aboriginal representation (54%) vs. census data (~9%). Despite high levels of risk exposures, Aboriginal youth reported connectedness to family and school, and hope for […]

Smith A., Saewyc E., Albert M., MacKay L., Northcott M., & the McCreary Centre Society (2007). Against the Odds: A Profile of Marginalized and Street-Involved Youth in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

The lives of marginalized and street-involved youth are complex and filled with challenges, dangers and opportunities. This report summarizes the results of surveys with marginalized youth in the North, Interior, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Vancouver. It also serves as a follow-up to McCreary’s 2000 health survey of marginalized and street-involved youth (street youth) in […]

Saewyc E., Poon C., Wang N., Homma Y., Smith A., & the McCreary Centre Society. (2007). Not Yet Equal: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Youth in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

Not Yet Equal: The Health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in BC takes a closer look at the health of LGB youth, their life experiences, and risk behaviours across all three Adolescent Health Surveys. This report reveals both hopeful and worrying trends, fewer than expected differences between rural and urban LGB youth, and ongoing […]

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