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Title: Illegal Drug Use, Alcohol and Aggressive Crime Among Mexican-American and White Male Arrestees in San Antonio
Journal: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1995)  Pages:135-143
Author(s): A Valdez; C D Kaplan; R L Curtis Jr; Z Yin
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA07234-02
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relationship between the use of certain drugs and violent crimes among Mexican-American and white male arrestees in San Antonio, Tex. during 1992 was examined using data from a Drug Use Forecasting sample of 534 male arrestees administered a urinalysis test and questionnaire by the Department of Justice and the city of San Antonio.
Abstract: Using a four-way asymmetrical analysis, logit-models were tested to examine the relationships between the response variable, the types of crimes charged (nonaggressive versus aggressive), and a set of exploratory variables, ethnicity, drug test results, and frequency of alcohol use. Results indicated a complex but interpretable relationship between drug use, alcohol use patterns, and aggressive crimes. A surprising findings was that more aggressive crimes were committed by all participants testing negative for drugs. Mexican-Americans with frequent alcohol use and testing positive for drugs were twice as likely to commit a violent crime as were whites in the same subgroup. However, the white frequent drinker who does not use other drugs was the most violent group. Findings indicated that public perceptions linking violence with Mexican-Americans obscure the true situation and that prevention efforts should be targeted not only to drug use in the Mexican- American community but also toward whites' belligerent drinking. Tables and 47 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Caucasian/White Americans; Mexican Americans; Texas; Violence causes
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