Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 75–92

Cultural context and substance abuse in Hispanic adolescents

  • Andres J. Pumariega
  • Jeffrey W. Swanson
  • Charles E. Holzer
  • Arthur O. Linskey
  • Ruben Quintero-Salinas
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01321343

Cite this article as:
Pumariega, A.J., Swanson, J.W., Holzer, C.E. et al. J Child Fam Stud (1992) 1: 75. doi:10.1007/BF01321343

Abstract

Much emphasis has been placed on the significant substance abuse problem being faced by Hispanic as well as other minority youth in the United States. However, little research has focused on the relative importance of culturally determined factors in the development of substance abuse in Hispanic youths. In this study, we propose an approach to measuring cultural factors through the activity orientations that youths endorse. We studied over 4000 Mexican-American and Mexican youths living along the U.S.-Mexico border with respect to their recent drug use, problem drug use, depressive symptomatology, and their activity orientation. While culturally related activity orientation does significantly increase risk for substance abuse, we found that symptoms of distress/depression and sociodemographic factors exerted a stronger effect on these youths.

Key words

substance abuseMexican-American youthcultural factorssociodemographic factorsdepressive symptomatology

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andres J. Pumariega
    • 1
  • Jeffrey W. Swanson
    • 2
    • 4
    • 3
  • Charles E. Holzer
    • 4
  • Arthur O. Linskey
    • 5
  • Ruben Quintero-Salinas
    • 6
  1. 1.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of South Carolina School of MedicineColumbia
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryDuke University
  3. 3.Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill
  4. 4.University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalveston
  5. 5.University of Texas-Pan American EdinburgEdinburg
  6. 6.Departmento de Salud Mental, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autonoma de TamaulipasMatamoros, Estado de TamaulipasMexico
  7. 7.William S. Hall Psychiatric InstituteColumbia