Correlates of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors in canadian children and adolescents

Arsham Alamian, Gilles Paradis

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The authors assessed individual, social, and school correlates of multiple chronic disease behavioral risk factors (physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, and high body mass index) in a representative sample of Canadian youth aged 10-15 years (mean=12.5 years) attending public schools. Cross-sectional data (n=1,747) from cycle 4 (2000-2001) of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth were used. Ordinal regression models were constructed to investigate associations between selected covariates and multiple behavioral risk-factor levels (0/1, 2, 3, or 4/5 risk factors). Older age (odds ratio (OR)=1.95, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.21, 3.13), caregiver smoking (OR=1.49, 95% CI: 1.09, 2.03), reporting that most/all of one's peers smoked (OR=7.31, 95% CI: 4.00, 13.35) or drank alcohol (OR=3.77, 95% CI: 2.18, 6.53), and living in a lone-parent family (OR=1.94, 95% CI: 1.31, 2.88) increased the likelihood of having multiple behavioral risk factors. Youth with high self-esteem (OR=0.92, 95% CI: 0.85, 0.99) and youth from families with postsecondary education (OR=0.58, 95% CI: 0.41, 0.82) were less likely to have a higher number of risk factors. Although several individual and social characteristics were associated with multiple behavioral risk factors, no school-related correlates emerged. These variables should be considered when planning prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1289
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Chronic disease
  • Health behavior
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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