Swedish Exchange students’ alcohol use, drug use, risky sexual behaviour, mental health, and self-rated health: a follow-up study

SND-ID: 2022-52

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Emil Danehorn - Linnaeus University

Description

Aims: The aim of this study was to follow up on exchange students’ alcohol use, drug use, mental health, self-rated health, and risky sexual behaviour after a semester abroad and to compare them with students who remained on campus.
Methods: The study design was a follow-up study based on a previous baseline survey of 114 prospective exchange students and 451 campus students. Out of the original 565 students, 48 (42.1%) prospective exchange students and 209 (43.3%) campus students responded to the follow-up. Both the baseline survey and the follow-up survey included the General Health Questionnaire 12, one single item from Self-Rated Health, and nine items from Knowledge, Attitudes and Sexual Behaviour in Young People in Sweden.
Results: We found a statistically significant proportional increase in weekly consumption of alcohol among exchange students after their semester abroad. A larger proportion exchange student had sex with a new partner and sex with more than three partners during the last six months compared to follow-up campus students.
Conclusions: Our findings indicate that prospecti

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Language

Swedish

Research principal, contributors, and funding
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

No

Ethics Review

Swedish Ethical Review Authority - Ref. Regional Ethical Board in Linköping (Dnr 2017/504-3).

Method and time period

Unit of analysis

Population

Students

Time Method

Study design

Observational study

Cross-sectional study

Description of study design

The study design was a follow-up study based on a previous baseline survey of 114 prospective exchange students and 451 campus students. Out of the original 565 students, 48 (42.1%) prospective exchange students and 209 (43.3%) campus students responded to the follow-up. Both the baseline survey and the follow-up survey included the General Health Questionnaire 12, one single item from Self-Rated Health, and nine items from Knowledge, Attitudes and Sexual Behaviour in Young People in Sweden.

Time period(s) investigated

2018-06-01 – ongoing

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Kronoberg County, Kalmar County

Publications
Dataset
Swedish Exchange students’ alcohol use, drug use, risky sexual behaviour, mental health, and self-rated health: a follow-up study

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Citation

Emil Danehorn. Linnaeus University, Department of Health and Caring Sciences (2022). Swedish Exchange students’ alcohol use, drug use, risky sexual behaviour, mental health, and self-rated health: a follow-up study. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1. https://doi.org/10.5878/ca00-7y04

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Emil Danehorn - Linnaeus University

Data collection

  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2019-02-01–2019-09-01

Variables

21

Number of individuals/objects

822

License

Creative Commons  Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Published: 2022-04-19