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NCJ Number: 159410 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Substance Abuse Among Asian American Youth
Author(s): G A Austin; H Lee
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 28
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: Available evidence indicates that Asian American youth suffer less from drug-related problems than other ethnic groups; indirect evidence, however, suggests that the magnitude of alcohol and other drug problems among Asian American youth may be greater than what is commonly associated with the "model minority" stereotype and the tendency of this ethnic group to handle problems within the family rather than seek public treatment services.
Abstract: Asian Americans constitute about 2 percent of the U.S. population and represent one of the fastest growing immigrant groups. Studies and surveys are reported that indicate the nature and extent of alcohol and drug use by Asian American adults and youth and the resulting drug-related problems they encounter. Correlates of drug use among Asian Americans are examined that focus on physiological factors, sociocultural factors, acculturation, and risk factors. The authors note that prevention programs are needed for Asian American youth, even though these youth have fewer risk factors than other population groups. Abstracts of publications dealing with substance abuse by Asian Americans are included. 94 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse prevention; Asian Americans; Children at risk; Cultural influences; Drug abuse; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use; Minority juvenile offenders; Underage Drinking
Note: Prevention Research Update No. 5 (Winter 1989)
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