Thanks for your reply Monica. I have spent much time searching thru the literature in this field over the last few months. There is certainly much evidence suggesting that personality factors such as sensation-seeking and risk-taking may be implicated in drug-taking among children and adolescents, and this research cannot be ignored. There is also much evidence, albeit some contrary, that certain individuals may be more likely to "gravitate" towards migrating than others, and that migration may be associated with negative health outcomes. Over the last few years, I've been directing my interest in the area of parental attitudes of migrants on their children (second generation migrants) e.g. Greek or Turkish migrants in Germany. I find some evidence supporting the culture shock hypothesis with attitudes of migrants lying midway between their host countries and their native countries. It is a big step to find evidence suggesting that the negative impact of culture shock will increase the incidence of for instance drug abuse.
Id be interested in any other ideas or comments.
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