ERIC Number: ED193371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Culture Specific Approaches to the Treatment of Latin Multiple Substance Abusers: Family and Ecological Intervention Models.
Szapocznik, Jose; And Others
Four models developed for the treatment of Cuban American adult and adolescent drug and alcohol abusers are discussed in this paper. The study reviewed was aimed at (1) investigating the effectiveness of "Ecological Family Systems Therapy," an approach created by the Spanish Family Guidance Clinic in Miami, Florida, and (2) identifying the relevant variables of treatment intervention contributing to treatment effectiveness. Presented are four case studies of drug and/or alcohol abusers in which four different models were utilized: intramural individual, individual ecological, family intramural, and family ecological. It is suggested, based on preliminary findings, that (1) family ecological models are most effective in attracting, maintaining, and rehabilitating poorly acculturated families; (2) family models are most effective in the treatment of marital dysfunctions and in cases in which the symptomatic behavior is found in a young family member; and (3) individual models are effective in promoting personal growth and development in the identified patient, but are not very effective in repairing marital dysfunctions. It is also suggested that combined (alcohol, drug, and mental health) treatment centers most effectively address the problems of Cuban immigrants. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami)