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NCJ Number: 221460 Find in a Library
Title: Acculturation and Drug Use Among Dually Diagnosed Hispanic Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:97-113
Author(s): Rosemarie A. Rodriguez Ph.D.; Craig E. Henderson Ph.D.; Cynthia L. Rowe Ph.D.; Kent F. Burnett Ph.D.; Gayle A. Dakof Ph.D.; Howard A. Liddle Ed.D.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA 11328
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To better understand the rise in drug abuse among Hispanic youth, this study examined the relationship between acculturation and severity of drug abuse among a sample of severely impaired adolescents.
Abstract: Results indicate that youth born outside the United States reported greater frequency of drug use at intake into treatment than those born in the United States, supporting the hypothesis. Direct relationships between acculturation and drug use have been established in studies conducted with community samples of adolescents. The majority of researchers have found that as Hispanics become more acculturated and their families lose some of their ties to traditional Hispanic cultural mores, frequency of substance use typically increases. This study examined the relationship between acculturation and severity of drug use among a sample of severely impaired Hispanic adolescents referred for residential substance abuse treatment. It was hypothesized that lower levels of acculturation would be associated with higher levels of substance use. However, in examining acculturation, the study calls attention to the fact that acculturation is but one piece of a very complex puzzle with this sample of distressed children and families. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Adolescents at risk; Cultural influences; Drug abuse; Drug treatment; Environmental influences; Hispanic Americans; Mexican Americans; Treatment
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