ERIC Number: ED309900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Prevention Research Update Number 2.
Austin, Gregory A., Ed.
This quarterly publication is prepared by the Western Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, and summarizes recent research on adolescent drug abuse and its prevention. This issue abstracts and reviews the implications of new research dealing with substance abuse among minority youth, specifically Native Americans. The goal is to help bridge the communications gap between researchers, practitioners, and the general population by disseminating research in an accessible manner and providing an introductory overview. The overview of the abstracted documents discusses minority youth as an at-risk population. The research uniformly demonstrates that substance abuse is widely prevalent among Native American adolescents and even younger children. Alcohol is by far the most widely abused drug among all age groups, with marijuana the next most popular substance for abuse. It is evident that drug prevention programs developed for mainstream youth have had little impact on minorities and that any prevention efforts must overcome several cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Various cultural factors have been studied as being important in increasing the possibility of substance abuse among American Indians. The overview calls for education and intervention programs, suggesting that work be directed toward reducing the number of factors that put Indian youth at risk. The overview is followed by 20 abstracts of published research from 1985 to 1988 arranged alphabetically by author. The document also contains 112 references. (TES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.