Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment

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Mario De la Rosa, Lori K. Holleran, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner
Psychology Press, 2005 - Self-Help - 196 pages
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Discover the role culture, family, and environment have in the prevention of Latino substance abuse

Information about the substance abuse behaviors among Latino populations has been limited. Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment fills this void by presenting the latest research on the epidemic of substance abuse now afflicting the Latino community. Ethnic differences are reviewed, including specific studies covering gang members, low-income urban women, risky behaviors, and language preference indicators of acculturation. This book does more than simply present the research—it discusses effective treatment strategies to help practitioners provide quality, culturally competent care to lacking Latino populations.

Latinos, the largest minority in the United States, have an increasing alcohol and illicit drug use problem. Culture, acculturation, and language hold powerful sway in the research of Latino/a substance abuse. Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment delves deeply into troubling issues such as gang membership, sexual abuse, the lack of healthy family role models, the effects of different levels of acculturation, the lack of health insurance, and rampant involvement with the criminal system. The research is used as a foundation to focus on the latest advances of substance abuse prevention and culturally competent intervention programs.
Each chapter is extensively referenced to reinforce research.

Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment explores:
  • substance abuse among gang members in a small city
  • childhood sexual abuse and drug use among low-income Puerto Rican women
  • a comparison of risky behaviors of African-American and Cuban-American adolescent juvenile offenders
  • acculturation status and substance use prevention with Mexican and Mexican-American youth
  • culturally competent intervention with families of Latino youth at risk for drug abuse
  • psychiatric, family, and ethnicity-related factors that can impact treatment among Hispanic substance abusing adolescents
  • HIV/AIDS prevention practice with substance abusers

Substance Abusing Latinos: Current Research on Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment is essential reading for educators, students, practitioners working with Latino/a populations, and substance abuse researchers.
  

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Contents

A Review of the Literature
1
Substance Abuse Among Puerto Rican and Dominican Gang Members in a Small City Setting
21
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Drug Use Among LowIncome Urban Puerto Rican Women
45
Risky Sexual and Drug Use Behaviors
69
Acculturation Status and Substance Use Prevention with Mexican and MexicanAmerican Youth
85
Culturally Competent Intervention with Families of Latino Youth at Risk for Drug Abuse
113
Psychiatric Family and EthnicityRelated Factors That Can Impact Treatment Utilization Among Hispanic Substance Abusing Adolescents
133
Factors Associated with Drug Treatment Entry Patterns Among Hispanic Women Injection Drug Users Seeking Treatment
157
HIVAIDS Prevention Practice with Latinoa Substance Abusers An Interview with Jennifer Herrera
175
The Story of a BiCultural Latina Addict
185
Index
191
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Dr. Lala Straussner, LCSW, DSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS is a Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Practice area at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She directs the School's Post-Master Certificate Program in The Clinical Approaches to Addictions. She is the Founding Editor of the "Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions." She is also on faculty at the annual Summer Institute on Addictions Studies, International School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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