Special Issue "Immigrant Adolescents: Opportunities and Challenges"

A special issue of Adolescents (ISSN 2673-7051).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 1558

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
Interests: adolescents; immigration; sexual and reproductive health; global health
Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Interests: maternal; newborn and child survival; adolescent health and nutrition; global health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Adolescents focuses on the challenges and issues that immigrant adolescents face during the course of migration and in the host countries. Adolescence is a critical period of transition from childhood into adulthood, during which young children aged 10–19 years experience substantial physical, psychological, social, and emotional changes. Immigration is a critical issue for adolescent development, as migration continues at an increased pace worldwide. Immigrant adolescents are a heterogeneous population, with a diverse and variable socioeconomic status, education, and level of social support. Similarly to their counterparts in any advanced Western nation, immigrant adolescents face a multitude of challenges, due to their exposure or interactions with factors such as social inequities, political crises, social media, and climate change. In addition, immigrant adolescents wrestle with a number of unique challenges, such as growing up in communities that are racially and culturally marginalized from the broader Western host society, and, thus, they must confront the social inequities tied to their identities as an immigrant. These experiences and the outcomes of these challenges are related, affecting immigrant adolescents in various ways, depending on their gender, class, religion, etc. For immigrant adolescents, specific needs are warranted to achieve healthy behaviors that adequately navigate their cultural identities, migration contexts, family expectations, and emerging attitudes developed within the migration context. The timely compilation of original research in this issue is aimed at understanding the physical, social and psychological challenges that affect immigrant adolescent development, and how, as researchers, clinicians and policymakers, we can help them find ways to enhance their capacity to build the resilience desired to integrate into the new society successfully.

Dr. Salima Meherali
Dr. Zohra S. Lassi
Guest Editors

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  • Migration
  • Adolescents
  • Marginalization
  • Social inequities
  • Health and well-being (not limited to any particular issue)

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Migration as Cultural Phenomenon in a Globalized World: A Pilot Study on Lifestyle and Eating Behaviours of Adolescents Living in Rome
Adolescents 2023, 3(1), 92-109; https://doi.org/10.3390/adolescents3010008 - 24 Jan 2023
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The aim of this research was to assess, through an observational study, lifestyle and eating behaviours of adolescents (native, and first- and second-generation immigrants), in order to understand if the migration process may have influenced these aspects. The study was carried out by [...] Read more.
The aim of this research was to assess, through an observational study, lifestyle and eating behaviours of adolescents (native, and first- and second-generation immigrants), in order to understand if the migration process may have influenced these aspects. The study was carried out by a structured questionnaire packet that investigated anthropometric data, eating habits, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and sedentary behaviours. A total of 105 respondents, aged 10–24 years (51.4% first-generation immigrants, 19.1% second-generation immigrants, and 29.5% natives) were included in the study. The results showed statistical differences in some social aspects by migration status, such as place of residence, living arrangement, parental educational level, and eating differently from family members. Despite these differences, volunteers were perfectly integrated regarding most eating habits and lifestyle behaviour, underlying a process of acculturation. Moreover, our study indicates the existence of inadequate dietary habits, such as skipping breakfast. It is important to implement effective nutrition interventions for adolescents to promote healthier lifestyle choices, considering that they should also include cultural components of dietary habits. Full article
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