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Title: Substance Abuse Among Latino Youth
Author(s): G A Austin; M J Gilbert
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 29
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: Latinos represent one of the largest, youngest, and fastest growing segments of the U.S. population, and evidence clearly indicates that Latino youth are at serious risk of developing substance abuse problems.
Abstract: Determining the extent of alcohol and other drug use among Latino youth is hampered by several limitations in existing data. The fragmented picture of Latino adolescent substance abuse is particularly complicated by definitional and measurement problems. Substance use prevalence and patterns among Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans are examined, especially with regard to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Correlates of drug use among Latino adolescents are noted, including environmental, family, interpersonal, gender, and cultural factors. Due to the many risk factors faced by Latin youth, the importance of drug prevention and treatment programs is stressed. Abstracts of publications dealing with substance abuse among Latino youth are included. 140 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse prevention; Children at risk; Cocaine; Cultural influences; Drug abuse; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Heroin; Hispanic Americans; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Minority juvenile offenders; Underage Drinking
Note: Prevention Research Update No. 3 (Spring 1989)
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