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Title: American Indian Adolescent Drug Use and Socialization Characteristics: A Cross-Cultural Comparison
Journal: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1993)  Pages:53-70
Author(s): R C Swaim; E R Oetting; P J Thurman; F Beauvais; R W Edwards
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: P50-DA07074; R01-DA03371; R01-AA08302
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A path model testing the relationships among adolescent drug use and the socialization variables of family strength, religious identification, school adjustment, family sanctions against drug use, and peer associations was tested in a group of American Indian youths.
Abstract: With two important exceptions, the results replicated earlier research in white youths revealing that peer drug associations mediate the influence of the other factors and that with minor exceptions peers are likely to be the dominating influence in juvenile drug abuse. In the current research, peer drug associations, although still dominant, were not as highly correlated with drug use for Indian youths, and family sanctions against drugs had a direct influence on drug use in addition to an indirect influence. Differences in family dynamics among American Indian youths may account for the findings; they may associate more with and learn about drug use from same-aged siblings and other relatives in the extended family, and they may have a greater number of adult family figures to apply sanctions against drug use. Figures and 56 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse causes
Index Term(s): American Indians; Juvenile drug abusers; Parental influence
Note: DCC
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