Migration intentions and illicit substance use among youth in central Mexico

Flavio Francisco Marsiglia, Stephen Kulis, Steven Hoffman, Carlos Orestes Caldern-Tena, David Becerra, Diana Alvarez

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This study explored intentions to emigrate and substance use among youth (ages 1424) from a central Mexico state with high emigration rates. Questionnaires were completed in 2007 by 702 students attending a probability sample of alternative secondary schools serving remote or poor communities. Linear and logistic regression analyses indicated that stronger intentions to emigrate predicted greater access to drugs, drug offers, and use of illicit drugs (marijuana, cocaine, inhalants), but not alcohol or cigarettes. Results are related to the healthy migrant theory and its applicability to youth with limited educational opportunities. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1619-1627
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 30 2011


  • Alcohol adolescents
  • Drugs
  • Mexico
  • Migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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