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Drug use and ethnicity in early adolescence /
William A. Vega, Andres G. Gil, and associates.
imprint
New York : Plenum Press, c1998.
description
xviii, 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0306457377
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New York : Plenum Press, c1998.
isbn
0306457377
catalogue key
1953518
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-222) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Vega et al. report the findings of a longitudinal study of a large sample of teens from south Florida. The major aim of this work is to explore and evaluate various hypotheses about the systemic influence of cultural variation on the drug use of adolescents. The authors focus on cultural systems and do not view drug use necessarily as individual deviance or pathology. They gives special attention to cultural variations among Hispanic, white non-Hispanic, and black adolescents. The data were obtained from a large sample of boys and a smaller sample of girls entering the sixth and seventh grades in the fall of 1990 and were collected over two years, with the final collection delayed by the disruption of Hurricane Andrew. Although the authors' hypotheses about the significance of cultural systems on behavior are hardly new, they do make significant contributions to understanding the complexity of teenage drug use, especially in recognizing the weakness of theories of deviance and pathology. The book includes an excellent and comprehensive bibliography and a sound index. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. J. Peirce; emeritus, University of Oklahoma
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"The authors...make significant contributions to understanding the complexity of teenage drug use, especially in recognizing the weakness of theories of deviance and pathology...The book includes an excellent and comprehensive bibliography." Choice, October 1998
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This text looks at key risk factors identified with drug use among Hispanic, African-American, and White non-Hispanic adolescents, expanding on current models of drug research to account for the unique experiences of these young people.
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This insightful text looks at key risk factors identified with drug use among Hispanic, African-American, and White non-Hispanic adolescents, expanding on current models of drug research to account for the unique experiences of these young people. The model underlying the research draws components from three theoretical models: self-derogation/self-esteem; acculturation stress; and perceptions of racial and cultural prejudice and discrimination. By integrating these theories, the authors generate hypotheses and general research questions within the context of adolescents' ethnic and social environments. The eight chapters underscore the importance of the culture, neighborhoods, and social strata in understanding life course drug use and behavior.
Table of Contents
Different Worlds: Drug Use and Ethnicity in Early Adolescence
Context and Design of the Study
Substance Use and Other Social Deviance
Pathways to Drug Use
Are Girls Different? A Developmental Perspective on Gender Differences in Risk Factors for Substance Use Among Adolescents
Cultural Adjustment and Hispanic Adolescent Drug Use
Developmental Patterns of African American Adolescent Drug Use
Prevention Implications and Conclusions
Appendix
Index
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