Stressful life events among adolescents in Wuhan, China: Associations withsmoking, alcohol use, and depressive symptoms

Citation
Jb. Unger et al., Stressful life events among adolescents in Wuhan, China: Associations withsmoking, alcohol use, and depressive symptoms, INT J BEH M, 8(1), 2001, pp. 1-18
Citations number
46
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1070-5503 → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
1 - 18
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-5503(2001)8:1<1:SLEAAI>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The associations among stress and adolescent smoking, alcohol use, and depr ession have been well documented in the United States, but few studies have evaluated the evidence for these associations in Asian cultures. This stud y developed a scale of stressful life events among 7th-grade adolescents in Wuhan, China. The events reported as most frequent involved bad grades or punishment at school, and the events reported as most severe involved disru ptions in family life, such as death, divorce, or disability of parents. As sociations were observed between life events (especially negative school-re lated events) and smoking, alcohol use, and depressive symptoms. Results in dicate that school-related stress may lead to substance use and mental heal th problems among Chinese adolescents.