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Migrant density and well-being-A national school survey of 15-year-olds in Sweden
Stockholm University, Sweden .
Catalan Agency Health Informat Assessment and Qual, Spain .
Stockholm University, Sweden .
National Board Health and Welf, Sweden .
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2013 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 23, no 5, 823-828 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of migrant density in school on the well-being of pupils with a migrant origin in first as well as second generation. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of data from a national classroom survey of 15-year-old Swedish schoolchildren. The study population included 76 229 pupils (86.5% participation) with complete data set from 1352 schools. Six dimensions of well-being from the KIDSCREEN were analysed in two-level linear regression models to assess the influence of migrant origin at individual level and percentage of students with a migrant origin at school level, as well as interaction terms between them. Z-scores were used to equalize scales. Results: A high density (andgt; 50%) of pupils with a migrant origin in first or second generation was associated with positive well-being on all six scales for foreign-born pupils originating in Africa or Asia compared with schools with low (andlt; 10%) migrant density. The effect sizes were 0.56 for boys and 0.29 for girls on the comprehensive KIDSCREEN 10-index (P andlt; 0.001) and 0.61 and 0.34, respectively, for psychological well-being (P andlt; 0.001). Of the boys and girls born in Africa or Asia, 31.6% and 34.6%, respectively, reported being bullied during the past week in schools with low (andlt; 10%) migrant density. Conclusions: Pupils born in Africa or Asia are at high risk for being bullied and having impaired well-being in schools with few other migrant children. School interventions to improve peer relations and prevent bullying are needed to promote well-being in non-European migrant children.

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Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy B - Oxford Open Option D , 2013. Vol. 23, no 5, 823-828 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100313DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt106ISI: 000325182300024OAI: diva2:661486

Funding Agencies|National Board of Health and Welfare||

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