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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 274963, 9 pages
Research Article

Influence of Perceived Racial Discrimination on Health and Behaviour of Immigrant Children in British Columbia

1University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
2University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
3Aga Khan University East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Received 16 August 2011; Accepted 21 December 2011

Academic Editor: Uyen Tran

Copyright © 2012 M. Anne George et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study examines the influence of perceived discrimination on the health and behaviour of ethnic minority immigrant children in British Columbia, Canada. Using data from the New Canadian Children and Youth Study, we examine perceived discrimination experienced by the parent, family, and cultural group in Canada to test the influence of micro-, meso-, and macrolevels of discrimination on children. Families from 6 ethnic backgrounds participated in the study. Parents’ perceptions of the child’s health and six behavioral scales (hyperactivity, prosocial behaviour, emotional problems, aggression, indirect aggression, and a general combined behaviour scale) were examined as outcome variables. After controlling for ethnicity and background variables, our findings suggest that perceived micro- and macrodiscrimination has the greatest influence on the health and behaviour of our immigrant child sample. Variation among ethnic groups provided the largest explanation of health and behavioural discrepancies in our study.