Adolescent Health in Rural Southwest Norfolk County: A Social Phenomenon

Deanna Morris
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, date not identified

This paper presents the results of a participatory action project on the health, opinions and needs of youth in the rural ara of southwest Norfolk. Haldimand and Norfolk youth had been found to be twice as likely to smoke and 50% more likely to engage in underage drinking than Ontario youth in general. Teenagers age 15 to 19 were at high risk for suicide and found to engage in risky behaviours, particularly at bush parties/bunches. This project engaged youth in shaping their community and improving their health. It identifies a number of community assets to address the problems identified and concludes that the The Adolescent Rural Health Framework should be used to further explore rural challenges and maximize existing community assets.

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