Adolescent health risk behaviors in a migrant population

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Advances in Sociology Research


© 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. This chapter examines health risk behaviours among an adolescent migrant population from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a federation of seven emirates that has experienced unprecedented growth in the past forty years. The federation is situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf. The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi is the nation's capital. The remaining six emirates (Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain (UAQ), Ras al-Khaimah (RAK), Fujairah) form the Northern Emirates. Using oil revenue, the UAE continues to reduce reliance on oil and to diversify its economy from a conventional, labour-intensive economy to one based on knowledge, technology and tourism. In doing so, the UAE relies on a large expatriate population to transfer their skills and to build these sectors. These expatriates seeking financial gains are usually allowed into the country on a work permit. Although their socioeconomic status varies, many face challenges related to access to healthcare, proper housing, and various environmental changes. This chapter will report on data collected under the National Study of Population Health in the UAE (NSPHUAE) (2007 - 2009). A comprehensive large-scale cross-sectional survey was administered on expatriate families with children that attend public and private schools in the seven emirates. The survey collected data related to the general health status of this sub-population, exposures to a range of health determinants, demographics, as well as medical diagnoses.

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