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ERIC Number: EJ862040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3204
"A'ole" Drugs! Cultural Practices and Drug Resistance of Rural Hawai'ian Youths
Po'A-Kekuawela, Ka'Ohinani; Okamoto, Scott K.; Nebre, La Risa H.; Helm, Susana; Chin, Coralee I. H.
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, v18 n3 p242-258 2009
This qualitative study examined how Native Hawai'ian youths from rural communities utilized cultural practices to promote drug resistance and/or abstinence. Forty-seven students from five different middle schools participated in gender-specific focus groups that focused on the cultural and environmental contexts of drug use for Native Hawai'ian youths. The findings described culturally specific activities that participants used in drug-related problem situations. The findings also suggested that those youths with higher levels of enculturation were able to resist drugs more effectively than those youths who were disconnected from their culture. The implications of these findings for social work practice are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii