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Title: Substance Abuse Among Minority Youth: Native Americans
Author(s): G A Austin
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency:
Portland, OR 97204
Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee
Contract Number: S188A80003
Sale Source: Western Regional Ctr for Drug-Free Schools and Communities
101 SW Main Street
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The largest single population at risk of substance abuse consists of ethnic and racial minority youth, including Native Americans, generally because they experience higher rates of factors known to be associated with substance abuse (population growth, poverty, school failure, family problems, and involvement in criminal justice and social welfare systems).
Abstract: Even so, drug research specifically targeting minority youth is lacking and drug prevention programs developed for mainstream youth have had little impact on minority youth. Lack of community resources also contributes to the risk of minority youth for substance abuse. Drug prevention programs must be culturally appropriate and relevant, and serious efforts must be made to alleviate sociocultural problems that place minority youth at high risk. Drug and alcohol abuse is particularly significant among Native American youth. The drug problem among Native American youth is discussed, especially for alcohol and marijuana. The etiology of substance abuse among Native American youth is addressed, and the need for effective drug prevention programs that focus on Native American youth at risk is demonstrated. Abstracts of publications dealing with substance abuse among Native American youth are included. 112 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse prevention; American Indians; Children at risk; Cultural influences; Drug abuse; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Minority juvenile offenders; Underage Drinking
Note: Prevention Research Update No. 2 (Winter 1988)
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