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Title: Social Learning Theory, Drug Use, and American Indian Youths: A Cross-Cultural Test
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:395-417
Author(s): L T Winfree Jr; C T Griffiths; C S Sellers
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 87-JN-CX-0013
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Contemporary delinquency theories have been challenged as being biased by inherent cultural myopias, even though there have been few tests of these theories involving samples that share all theoretically important characteristics except cultural heritage.
Abstract: In particular, recent studies of delinquency among American Indians suggest that the central constructs of these explanatory models may operate differently among Indians or may translate poorly into the "Indian experience." Using a census of rural American Indian and Caucasian youths who lived close to one another, we examined the empirical link between key social learning theory constructs and self-reported deviant behavior. Although there were some intergroup differences, the selected theoretical constructs yielded considerable insights into the level of self-reported youthful misbehavior, in this instance alcohol and marijuana use, of both subgroups. 3 tables, 78 references. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Social Learning
Index Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption; American Indians; Cross-cultural comparisons; Marijuana
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