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 […]

Buxton J, Coser L, Van Borek N, Botnick M, Chambers C, Taylor D, Saewyc E. (2010). Service providers’ and street-involved youth perspectives on preventing the transition into injection drug use among street-involved youth: Successes, barriers and opportunities for youth prevention services [abstract]. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 341-342.

“The Youth Injection Prevention (YIP) Project” is a research study collaboratively conducted by the BC Centre for Disease Control, University of British Columbia (University of British Columbia) School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia School of Nursing, community partners and youth coresearchers. It focuses on identifying service components that may prevent the […]

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 […]

Homma Y, & Saewyc E. (2008). Acculturation and sexual behavior among East Asian adolescents in British Columbia, Canada. [abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 42, Issue 2 Supplement, page S45.

Purpose: Culture is believed to shape people’s values and beliefs, which influence their behavior; thus, acculturation may help to explain health behavior among ethnic-minority youth. To develop culturally-relevant sexual health education programs, we need to assess how culture influences adolescent sexual behavior. The purpose was to examine associations between levels of acculturation and prevalence of […]

Clarke M, Lin L, Saewyc E, Whitehouse S. (2008). Alcohol-related visits in youth: Pediatric emergency department utilization [abstract]. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 10, Issue 3, page 106.

Introduction: The incidence of binge drinking is increasing in Canadian youth. Its impact on emergency department resource utilization is unknown. This study characterizes the demographics, clinical features and management of youth who present to the pediatric emergency department (PED) with alcohol ingestion. Methods: A retrospective study in an academic, urban, tertiary care PED with an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saewyc EM, Edinburgh L, Richtman K. (2007). Outcomes of a runaway intervention project for sexually exploited young girls. [abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 40, Issue 2 Supplement, page S40.

Purpose: A growing number of sexually exploited young runaway Hmong girls in the Midwest prompted a multi-agency intervention designed to address mental health issues, reduce risky behaviors, promote reproductive health, and help re-connect these vulnerable girls to family and school. The purpose was to evaluate outcomes at 3 months vs. baseline for girls enrolled during […]

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