The study looked at foreign homestay students from China, Korea and Japan and compared them with immigrant teens living with their parents in Canada, as well as Canadian-born East Asian youth.
According to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared to immigrant youth from the region, East Asian teenagers studying in Canada away from parental supervision are more susceptible to drug use, smoking, sexual activity and sexual abuse.
The study by four female medical professionals at the University of British Columbia re-examined the 2003 results of a survey of 30,500 students by the McCreary Center Society in the western province. It looked at foreign homestay students from China, Korea and Japan and compared them with immigrant teens living with their parents in Canada, as well as Canadian-born East Asian youth.
An estimated 1,531 male and 1,554 female homestay students ranging from 14 to 19 years old were in the sample. Twenty per cent of those surveyed were not born in Canada and nine per cent had been in Canada for less than five years.
Dr Elizabeth Saewyc, co-author of the research says, the study didn't ask who was responsible for the sexual abuse. She believes, the girls are certainly more vulnerable to abuse than either immigrant students who come with their parents or Canadian-born East Asian students.
Drug abuse is another concern among foreign students as 9.1 per cent of homestay boys and 9.4 per cent of girls indicated they had used cocaine in comparison to 1.8 per cent of immigrants and 2.9 per cent of Canadian-born.
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