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NCJ Number: 211704 
Title: Substance Abuse Among U.S. Latinos: A Review of the Literature (From Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment, P 1-20, 2005, Mario R. De La Rosa, Lori K. Holleran, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-211703)
Author(s): Mario R. De La Rosa; Lori K. Holleran; Douglas Rugh; Samuel A. MacMaster
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Sale Source: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the research literature on the patterns and trajectories of substance use within the Latino community, as well as research concerning ethnic differences in alcohol and illicit drug use.
Abstract: Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States and also display a greater need for alcohol and illicit drug treatment services than Whites and African-Americans. Previous research has indicated that Latinos and Native Americans have the highest rates of alcohol and illicit drug use in the Nation and that this trend begins during early adolescence. Following a description of the geographic distribution of the Latino population in the United States, the authors present research concerning the prevalence and consequences of substance use among Latinos. The factors that contribute to substance abuse among this population are likewise reviewed, including individual, family, peer group, cultural, and communal factors. The authors also offer a critical analysis of the drug prevention education and treatment programs that are designed to address the specific needs of Latino populations and discuss the role of social workers in the prevention of substance abuse, with a specific focus on the need for social workers to be aware of cultural differences between major Latino subgroups. Future research recommendations are offered and include an examination of the role of protective factors in the substance using behaviors of Latinos. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Ethnic groups; Literature reviews
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment; Drug use
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