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NCJ Number: 229988 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in the Effect of Linguistic Acculturation on Substance Use Among Mexican-Origin Youth in the Southwest United States
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:January - March 2010  Pages:40-63
Author(s): Flavio F. Marsiglia; Stephen Kulis; Syed Khaleel Hussaini; Tanya A. Nieri; David Becerra
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
Grant Number: R24 DA13937;R01 DA05629;R01 DA14825
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated gender differences in the substance use norms, intentions and behaviors of U.S. youth of Mexican heritage.
Abstract: This study tested for gender differences in the impact of linguistic acculturation on pro-drug norms, substance use intentions, and actual substance use among youth of Mexican heritage in a large metropolitan area in the Southwest United States. The authors analyzed baseline survey data provided by 2,487 middle school students of Mexican heritage who were part of a larger, multiethnic randomized efficacy trial of a drug abuse prevention program. Using multi-group structural equation modeling, the authors found that linguistic acculturation was positively and directly related to adherence to pro-drug norms, substance use intentions, and recent alcohol use, controlling for age, poor grades, and socioeconomic status. In addition, linguistic acculturation had an indirect effect on substance use intentions and recent alcohol use through pro-drug norms. The direct effect of linguistic acculturation on pro-drug norms was stronger for girls than for boys, as was its indirect effect on substance use intentions. Figure, tables, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Cross-cultural comparisons; Cultural influences; Gender issues; Juvenile drug abusers; Mexican Americans; Southwestern States; Underage Drinking
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