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Title: The prevalence of alcohol consumption by adolescents in Serbia and its correlation with sociodemographic factors - A national survey
Authors: Radovanovic, Snezana
Vasiljevic, Dragan
Kocić S.
Radevic S.
Milosavljevic, Milos
Mihailović N.
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: © 2016, University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science. All rights reserved. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of alcohol consumption among adolescents in Serbia and its association with sociodemographic characteristics. This paper is based on data from a national health survey of the population of Serbia in 2013 (no data for Kosovo and Metohija), conducted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. For the purposes of this study, data on households and individuals over 15 years of age were used; thus, the final sample for analysis included 858 patients (aged 15 to 19 years). Researchers used demographic characteristics (age, gender, type of home, region) and socioeconomic characteristics (income per household member, the index of well-being, self-assessment of health, cigarette smoking, tendency towards psychological and physical violence) as the independent variables. A X2 test was applied to test the differences in the frequencies of categorical variables. The correlations between alcohol consumption, as the dependent variable, and the independent variables (mentioned above) were tested by logistic regression. All results less than or equal to 5% probability (p ≤ 0.05) were considered statistically significant. The prevalence of alcohol consumption among adolescents in Serbia is 51.6%. Alcohol consumption is significantly associated with sex, type of home and the index of well-being (p < 0.05). The prevalence of alcohol consumption is higher in males (57.1%), in adolescents who come from urban areas (59.3%) and in adolescents who, according to the index of well-being, belong to the wealthiest fi-nancial category (23.9%).
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/SJECR-2016-0022
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84988815169
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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