ERIC Number: EJ857426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Discrimination and Substance Use among Latino Adolescents
Okamoto, Janet; Ritt-Olson, Anamara; Soto, Daniel; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes; Unger, Jennifer B.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v33 n6 p718-727 Nov-Dec 2009
Objective: To examine perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino high school students. Methods: Latino 9th graders (N=1332) completed self-report measures of perceived discrimination and substance use behavior. Results: Perceived discrimination was associated with lifetime use measures of smoking (OR=1.73, P less than 0.01), alcohol (OR=1.53, P less than 0.01), marijuana (OR=1.70, P less than 0.01), and inhalants (OR=1.50, P less than 0.05); and past 30 day measures of smoking (OR=2.54, P less than 0.01), alcohol (OR=1.63, P less than 0.01), marijuana (OR=1.95, P less than 0.01), and inhalants (OR=1.64, P less than 0.01), and binge drinking (OR=1.84, P less than 0.01). Conclusions: Latino adolescents who have higher perceptions of discrimination are at risk for substance use. Interventions to help Latino adolescent scope with feelings of discrimination may be a useful addition to substance use prevention programs.
Descriptors: Smoking, Marijuana, Prevention, Drinking, Inhalants, Adolescents, Grade 9, High School Students, Substance Abuse, Social Discrimination, Racial Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Intervention, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
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