ERIC Number: ED325727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-13
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Depression and Drug Use in Mexican-American Youth.
Smith, Stephanie; And Others
Depression is a major problem for many people, with about 20 percent of the population having a clinically diagnosable depression sometime in their lives severe enough to make it difficult for these individuals to function in society. Depression in drug users has been researched frequently using white or black opiate and cocaine users, but rarely in other drug using populations. This study focused on describing depression in a sample of Mexican-American youth in the Youth Advocacy Program, a drug prevention program for inhalant use. Subjects (N=110) were youth from ages 13 to 17. Data collected at intake were used to provide information about drug use and depression. Additional information from clients and their mothers was obtained almost 4 years later at the follow-up interview. The incidence of depression at follow-up was high with almost one-half of the former clients reporting some depression at follow-up, and 35 percent of the mothers being depressed. Drug and alcohol use were not significantly related with depression, but a higher level of family conflict was associated with a higher level of depression. Depression in this population was probably not directly attributable to drug use, but to living conditions, acculturation, employment, and other life stressors found in the barrio. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (97th, New Orleans, LA, August 11-15, 1989).