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NCJ Number: 118482 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Abuse Among Ethnic Minorities
Corporate Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Editor(s): J E Trimble; A M Padilla; C S Bell
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an effort to focus attention of drug abuse problems among ethnic minorities, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) organized a workshop in the summer of 1983 and invited twelve ethnic minority researchers to present papers on epidemiology, treatment, and/or prevention research priorities for their respective populations.
Abstract: The results of these papers are presented. Alcohol and drug abuse is considered by many to be the number one mental health problem among American Indians. In the Asian and Pacific American population, there is a diversity that adds complexity to the drug abuse research effort, however, the data available indicates a serious problem in this group. A major shortcoming in drug abuse research among blacks is that blacks are always compared with whites, with the behavior of whites being the norm from which blacks deviated. What is needed is a cross-cultural approach that views the behaviors of black individuals in terms of their meanings within particular subcultures and yet avoids the extremes of cultural relativism. The difference between Hispanic addicts and non Hispanic addicts rests primarily on sociocultural factors in which horizontal mobility (foreign or domestic migration) and/or vertical mobility plays an important role. More information is needed on the use and abuse patterns among ethnic minority adults, elderly, refugees, homeless, pregnant women and families as a unit. 2 tables and 156 references.
Main Term(s): Ethnic groups
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Minorities
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