ERIC Number: ED318824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Substance Abuse among Asian American Youth. Prevention Research Update. Number Five/Winter 1989.
Austin, Gregory A.; And Others
This report discusses the substance use patterns and problems of Asian Americans adults and youth relative to other ethnic groups (primarily Whites). In addition, it summarizes the main explanations that have been offered for ethnic differences in use, and offers possible conclusions that may be drawn concerning prevention for Asian-American young people. The following sections are included: (1) "Nature and Extent of Use"; (2) "Substance-Related Problems"; (3) "Correlates of Use"; (4) "Prevention"; and (5) "Summary and Conclusions." Within each section, adults, youth, and use of various drugs are considered separately. The following findings, derived mostly from research in California and Hawaii, are presented: (1) Asian Americans drink less than Whites and have lower levels of drug use; (2) they have a relatively large percentage of abstainers; (3) most drinking is done by males but at moderate levels; (4) considerable variations in drinking patterns and drug use exist among different Asian groups; (5) Asian Americans suffer less from substance-related problems than do other ethnic groups; and (6) the evidence regarding the relative influence of sociocultural factors and physiological factors in keeping alcohol use low among Asians is inconclusive. Abstracts of 19 documents about substance abuse among Asians are included. A list of 94 references is included. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.; Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.; Western Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: California; Hawaii