ERIC Number: ED193367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun-8
Reference Count: N/A
Social and Demographic Factors Affecting Psychopathology and Substance Abuse in a Spanish Family Clinic Population.
Ladner, Robert A.
This report presents findings on the social and demographic factors associated with drug abuse, alcoholism, and major psychological impairment in a population of Cuban American patients presenting at the Spanish Family Guidance Clinic (Miami, Florida) in 1974-75. The analysis indicates a number of factors operating to increase the likelihood of disturbance in the client population. Age is positively associated with subjective distress and negatively associated with drug abuse and impulse control disturbance. Females show higher rates of subjective distress and impulse control disturbance. Married persons show lower rates of impulse control disturbance and drug abuse, but greater subjective distress, than single persons. Persons with a previous history of psychiatric hospitalization show elevated drug abuse, impulse control disturbance, and reality testing disturbance rates, relative to persons without such a history. No social class differences in psychopathology were found. Several aspects of the relationships between risk related demographic features of this population and patient drug abuse and psychopathology are inconsistent with previous research findings for other populations. This indicates that the family role relationships that influence psychopathology in the general population do not act in the same way among Miami's Cubans. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami)