Perceived Discrimination and Substance Use among Latino Adolescents
Authors: Okamoto, Janet; Ritt-Olson, Anamara; Soto, Daniel; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes; Unger, Jennifer B.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 6, November 2009 , pp. 718-727(10)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract: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 < 0.01), alcohol (OR 1.53, P < 0.01), marijuana (OR 1.70, P < 0.01), and inhalants (OR 1.50, P < 0.05); and past 30 day measures of smoking (OR 2.54, P < 0.01), alcohol (OR 1.63, P < 0.01), marijuana (OR 1.95, P < 0.01), and inhalants (OR 1.64, P < 0.01), and binge drinking (OR 1.84, P < 0.01).Conclusions: Latino adolescents who have higher perceptions of discrimination are at risk for substance use. Interventions to help Latino adolescents cope with feelings of discrimination may be a useful addition to substance use prevention programs.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-11-01
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