Dr. Colleen Poon

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 […]

In schools with established GSAs or anti-homophobia policies, heterosexual boys and girls of all sexual orientations are half as likely to binge drink. (Konishi, Saewyc, Homma & Poon, 2013)

In schools with established GSAs or anti-homophobia policies, heterosexual boys and girls of all sexual orientations are half as likely to binge drink. (Konishi, Saewyc, Homma & Poon, 2013)

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 […]

Poon C., Saewyc E., Chen, W. (2011). Enacted stigma, problem substance use, and protective factors among Asian sexual minority youth in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 30(2), 47-64.

This study examined enacted stigma and problem substance use among Asian sexual minority youth and the buffering role of protective factors. Logistic regression analyses of a weighted sample of 5,423 Asian youth who completed the 2003 BC Adolescent Health Survey indicated that sexual minority youth were more likely to be victimized compared to heterosexual peers. […]

Saewyc E, Poon C, Homma Y. (2010). Lowering the odds of HIV risk behaviour among sexual minority adolescents experiencing enacted stigma.

Paper presented at the Pathways to Resilience II: The Social Ecology of Resilience conference, held June 7-10, Halifax

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Meininger E, Saewyc E, Skay C, Clark T, Poon C, Robinson E, Pettingell S, & Homma Y. (2007). Enacted stigma and HIV risk behaviors in sexual minority youth of European heritage across three countries. [abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 40, Issue 2 Supplement, page S27.

Purpose: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are stigmatized at home, at school, and in communities. They can be targeted for exclusion, discrimination, harassment, bullying, or physical assault (enacted stigma). LGB teens also have higher rates of HIV risk behaviors than heterosexual (HET) peers. Does experiencing enacted stigma help explain higher HIV risk? Methods: International […]

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