• Sweden edition
 

Kids with foreign parents less healthy: study

Published: 21 Nov 2012 10:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2012 10:33 GMT+01:00

“Our results strengthen the arguments for an increased awareness on the health of children with a foreign background, as well as girls’ health in general,” said Heidi Carlerby, A PhD student behind the report, in a statement.

The study showed that girls with both parents born outside of Sweden have a 27 percent increased risk of developing symptoms like headaches, stomach pain and depression compared to girls with two Swedish parents.

Boys with a “mixed” background; with one Swedish and one foreign parent, were three times as likely to suffer from bad health than boys with two Swedish parents.

“Some of the differences in health and well-being can be explained by gender, parental background as well as the different financial circumstances of the families,” said Carlerby.

Three in ten children with foreign parents came from families with a low level of tangible assets, which are measured through access to car, computer, own room and holidays with the family. The corresponding number among children with Swedish parents was less than one in ten.

“It shows the need for health-promoting efforts in school through activities and programmes focusing on the social consequences of foreign heritage and the material assets of the family,” Carlerby said.

The aim of the study was to analyse the social factors of health among girls and boys in Sweden, with focus on the parents’ background. 11,972 children in year 5 (11 years old), 7 and 9 took part in a survey on three occasions, of which some 20 percent were of foreign parentage.

An additional survey from 2011 was also included, which encompassed 1,527 children in years 6-9 from Östersund municipality in northern Sweden.

Rebecca Martin

Follow Rebecca on Twitter here.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:05 November 21, 2012 by Rishonim
Balderdash. What a massive amount of absurdity and malicious divisive propaganda. Sounds like something right out of Der Stürmer. This study shows ignorance at the lowest level as it implies that by definition, parent born outside of Sweden are less educated and with lower financial attributes.
12:53 November 21, 2012 by JulieLou40
I was going to say piffle and balderdash too, but then I thought maybe it is something to do with the fact that the immigrants like me, for example, find it so hard to get jobs. And therefore there is a knock-on effect on the standard of living for the family unit.
13:11 November 21, 2012 by riose
"Three in ten children with foreign parents came from families with a low level of tangible assets [...] The corresponding number among children with Swedish parents was less than one in ten."

I love studies with no control group.

It reminds me of the joke "spiders with no legs are deaf".
14:49 November 21, 2012 by Programmeny
"... increased risk of developing symptoms like headaches, stomach pain and depression..."

WOW! That's some serious health risks right there!
15:21 November 21, 2012 by Snoopy!
What a load of codswallop ! and certainly smacks of xenophobia
16:13 November 21, 2012 by Grokh
this could be true to some extent.

ive met a lot of people in sfi, mostly asylum seekers that come from the middle of nowhere and have very basic form of education, as well as those who have high education.

but im sure that with the high amounts of asylum seekers sweden gets, some are bound to have low education which can be reflected on their children.

and thats a very obvious thing to happen. and will affect the children in question.
16:18 November 21, 2012 by ugg
Wait a minute what's the date today?
18:28 November 21, 2012 by John Gossip
Blue eyes, blonde hair, super-race! Where have I heard that before?
19:59 November 21, 2012 by martin8558
WOW this hog wash i can see if one of the parents are from a third world country with no health care but to say it for all is a bunch of bull
20:27 November 21, 2012 by djmarko
propaganda machine, stupid survey!!
22:26 November 21, 2012 by matona1
Heidi Carlerby, A PhD student behind the report, look for somwthing good, kid with mis=xed parent are stronger than the blue eye white hair zombie
23:35 November 21, 2012 by adiman83
@matona1 that's true actually, you're right. Children with mixed genetic heritage really are stronger. Having parents from two different populations means that the child is not predisposed to the same genetic disorders that can affect the populations from which his parents come from.

For example, I've heard that "pure" swedes have a certain sensitivity to sunlight and they get sunburns quite easily due to their very white skin. But a kid with a foreign parent will most likely not have this sensitivity.

So kids with foreign parents are in reality HEALTHIER
04:30 November 22, 2012 by Attila the Hen
@adiman Yeah, and they sparkle in sunlight too :D
13:02 November 22, 2012 by Freedaysaregooddays
Man look at some of you people. I'm an immigrant myself, but some of you are so anti-Swedish it is not funny. Nowhere in this article does it say that having blond hair and blues eyes correlates to having good health. Nowhere. And there is no reason other than the typical anti-Swedish sentiment that usually exists with a lot of immigrants, for you to imply that this study is biased against non-Swedes. There may be a plethora of reasons as to why people from certain non-Swedish backgrounds might appear to suffer from poor health. My wife works in the medical field and she tells me that in her line of work immigrants ARE more likely to come to her for what appears to be less serious reasons than Swedish people. So one of those reasons immigrants may appear to be less healthy could be as simple as cultural reasons - which has nothing to do with genetics or race - but some of you people would not know that, because you are quick to attack Swedish people by calling them "racists" every chance you get.
Today's headlines
National
King Carl XVI Gustaf opens parliament
King Carl XVI Gustaf arriving on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: TT

King Carl XVI Gustaf opens parliament

BREAKING: Sweden's post-election parliament is meeting for the first time following a fanfare opening from King Carl XVI Gustaf. READ  

Opinion
Should Sweden's school age be raised?
A high school in Stockholm. Photo: TT

Should Sweden's school age be raised?

After the new coalition announced plans to extend Sweden's compulsory schooling until the age of 18, The Local asked two Swedes at high school if they agreed with the idea. READ  

International
Sweden slammed for ecological footprint
Sweden should increase its renewable energy according to WWF. Photo:TT

Sweden slammed for ecological footprint

Sweden is among the world's top ten polluters according to one of the largest scientific studies looking at the impact of humans on earth, produced by the WWF. READ  

Society
Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake
Ing-Marie Olofsson whose necklace was found. Photo: Private

Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake

A 66-year-old Swedish woman got the surprise of her life when a fisherman returned the necklace she dropped in a lake at the age of 14. READ  

International
Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos
Malin Sahlén during a Top Model shoot. Photo: TV3/Nina Holma

Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos

A British newspaper has apologised after a freelance journalist stole a Sweden's Next Top Model contestant's photo and created a fake Twitter account used to trick a UK minister. READ  

Brand stories
Johanna N: beautiful jewellery with a story

Johanna N: beautiful jewellery with a story

Aged just 27 and already living off of her own designs, some may consider Johanna Nilsson lucky. But she doesn't believe in luck. She's the founder of a jewellery line blending sustainability, subtle style, and Scandinavian simplicity - and it's taking the world by storm. READ  

Sport
Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash
Photo: AP

Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. READ  

National
Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears
The Infection Clinic at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Photo: TT

Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears

A patient in a Stockholm hospital who was suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus was given the all clear on Tuesday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
New coalition agrees on defence and migration
A Jas Gripen. Photo: TT

New coalition agrees on defence and migration

UPDATED: The Green Party has committed itself to expanding Sweden's defence force, while the Social Democrats have compromised on work permits for migrants. READ  

National
Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden
The patient is being treated at the Karolinska University Hospital. Photo: TT

Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden

Doctors in Stockholm are checking a patient suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Botkyrka
Education
New government to make school compulsory to 18
Politics
Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot
National
Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Blog updates

28 September

Spoiled Doyle (Blogweiser) »

"What you gotta watch out for in Sweden is the good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re_EzUe6xpI In Sweden, it’s the good things you have to watch out for. Video on @TheLocalSweden http://t.co/rAb8eGFdTD pic.twitter.com/w37YYwMXy1 — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 29, 2014 " READ »

 

26 September

 (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Autumn swept into Sweden at the start of this week with snow in the north of the country and flooding in the south. As well as a change in the weather, Sweden’s change in political direction became clearer, with Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven formally announcing his party would work with the Greens as..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 28th
National
When Italian style meets Swedish simplicity
Lifestyle
Review: Sweden's first alcohol-free nightclub
Gallery
In Pictures: The MS Estonia disaster
Lifestyle
Ten things expat women notice in Sweden
Politics
What's next on Sweden's political stage?
Gallery
Sweden's 2014 election: Most memorable moments
Society
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 24th
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Gallery
In Pictures: Fredrik Reinfeldt through the years.
Society
Plucked out of Canada for love and guitars
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

877
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN