The influence of acculturation on current cannabis use among immigrants in the Netherlands

M.J. Delforterie, H.E. Creemers, A.C. Huizink

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Abstract

Objective This study examined the influence of cohesiveness with the Dutch culture on current cannabis use among second and third generation immigrants from non-western countries.
Method Objectives were studied in 610 Dutch adolescents and young adults (mean age 19.3, SE=2.5, 63.7% female) from Surinamese (30%), Moroccan (28%), Turkish (16%), Asian (16%), and Antillean (10%) backgrounds. Participants completed the Psychological Acculturation Scale, and reported current cannabis use and parental rules regarding cannabis use.
Results Correcting for parental rules, a significant acculturationXgender interaction was found. Subsequent logistic regression analyses stratified for gender showed that acculturation was associated with a decreased risk of cannabis use in men (OR=0.89; 95% CI=0.81-0.98, p<.05), but not in women.
Discussion While cohesion with the Dutch culture protects male immigrants against cannabis use, it does not affect cannabis use among women. Our next step is to identify which factors make these male immigrants more resilient against cannabis use.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) -
Duration: 21 Jul 201225 Jul 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)
Period21/07/1225/07/12

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