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ERIC Number: ED186184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Pages: 22
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Problem: The Use/Abuse of Drugs as an Indicator of the Bilingual/Bicultural Assimilation Difficulties Encountered by Mexican-Americans Coping with the Anglo-American Mainstream--A Literature Review.
Arrowood, Nina R. F.
The literature found in current journals, periodicals, theses, books and other media was reviewed to study the use/abuse of drugs as an indicator of the bilingual/bicultural assimilation difficulties of Mexican Americans as they coped with the Anglo-American mainstream. Three areas were emphasized: (1) the general characteristics of the drug user/abuser and his culture, (2) whether the Chicano tended to "fit" the pattern of the typical drug user/abuser, and (3) the possible means of therapy for the Mexican American drug user/abuser and the role of the American educational system. The study indicated that the personality qualities and environmental descriptors that were most likely to produce a drug user included conflict of values, poor self image, ethnicity, passive nature, and group pressures. Such a profile impacts heavily on those of a bicultural heritage. The Chicano does face a conflict of values as he is caught between the Anglo and Chicano worlds. Because he is neither Anglo nor Mexican, his ethnicity can produce a poor self image. His need to belong to a group will sometimes place him in a situation where his passive nature, impulsiveness and need to belong may lead him into the drug subculture. Effective therapy should be based on solving problems in a family context, maintaining dignity, and especially on grounding program definitions, concepts, practices and language in the Chicano culture and with a Chicano staff. (DS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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