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A picture of health




It offers us • The majority of students (84%) reported key information, not only about the current that their health was good or excellent, health picture of BC youth but also about and the number who reported a debilitat- health trends and the effect of programs and ing health condition or disability contin- policies implemented over the past 15 years. [...] The 2008 AHS (AHS IV) has again shown us that the majority of BC youth are in good • The percentage of students who were injured to the point of requiring medical health, feeling connected to their family, attention declined from 39% to 29% in a school and community; and are engaging in decade. [...] However, 6% of us that the majority of BC youth are in good sexually active youth reported using with- • More than one in five females and one in health, feeling connected to their family, drawal as their only method to prevent ten males reported that they had deliber- school and community; and are engaging in pregnancy the last time they had sex, a ately self harmed (cut or injured them- slight r [...] In contrast, there was a rise in the couver Coastal Region had the most students percentage of youth who identified as South in BC who had been born outside of Canada Asian (from 5% to 8%), Southeast Asian (33%) and the most who had lived in Canada (from 4% to 5%) and Aboriginal (from 7% to for less than 2 years (5%). [...] A Picture of Health: Highlights from the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey Family Poverty There were some regional differences: for BC has the highest child poverty rate in example, youth in the Northern Region were Canada, yet asking youth about their family’s the least likely (35%) and youth in the Van- economic status can be challenging.


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