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NCJ Number: 221459 Find in a Library
Title: Race/Ethnicity and Gender Differences in Drug Use and Abuse Among College Students
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:75-95
Author(s): Sean Esteban McCabe Ph.D.; Michele Morales Ph.D.; James A. Cranford Ph.D.; Jorge Delva Ph.D.; Melnee D. McPherson Ph.D.; Carol J. Boyd Ph.D.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 21
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The objective of this study was to examine racial/ethnic and gender differences in the prevalence of drug use and abuse among undergraduate college students.
Abstract: The study found higher rates of drug use and drug use related problems among Hispanic and White students relative to their African-American and Asian college peers. The highest rates of drug use and drug use related problems were generally among Hispanic students. The results support earlier research that found Hispanic college students have higher rates of marijuana use as compared to Asian and African-American college students. Despite discussed study limitations, the study provides strong evidence from one university that Hispanic and White undergraduate students were at risk for drug use and abuse. In addition, male students were generally more likely to report drug use and abuse than female students. According to national epidemiological studies, the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs has increased significantly among college students in the United States over the past decade. Utilizing a sample consisting of 4,580 undergraduate students from a midwestern research university, this study examined race/ethnicity and gender differences in drug use and abuse for substances other than alcohol among college students. A Web-based questionnaire was completed which included demographic information and several substance use measures. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Campus alcohol abuse; Controlled Substances; Ethnic groups; Gender issues; Higher education; Hispanic Americans; Mexican Americans; Minorities; Prescription drugs; Students; University or college dormitories
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