Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 265–276 | Cite as

Views of problem drinking among Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo children

  • Carol Sigelman
  • Tamara Didjurgis
  • Brenda Marshall
  • Frank Vargas
  • Amanda Stewart


Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo sixth graders reacting to an example of teenage problem drinking expressed similar beliefs and attitudes in many respects. However, Native American children viewed the problem as less serious, subscribed more to a disease theory of alcoholism, attributed less causal responsibility to the individual, and adopted a less aggressive approach toward treatment than did Hispanic, and especially Anglo, children. Their less conventional value orientations accounted for all these differences except their stronger endorsement of a disease theory of problem drinking.

Key words

Alcoholism ethnic differences values 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Moncher MS, Holden GW, Trimble JE: Substance abuse among Native-American youth.J Consult Clin Psychol 58:408–415, 1990.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Young TJ: Substance use and abuse among Native Americans.Clin Psychol Rev 8:125–138, 1988.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Weibel-Orlando J: Substance abuse among American Indian youth: a continuing crisis.J Drug Issues 14:313–35, 1984.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Bachman JG, Wallace JM Jr, O'Malley PM, Johnston LD, Kurth CL, Neighbors HW: Racial/ethnic differences in smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use among American high school seniors.Am J Public Health 81:372–377, 1991.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Welte JW, Barnes GM Alcohol use among adolescent minority groups.J Stud Alcohol 48:329–336, 1987.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Beauvais F, Oetting ER, Wolf W, Edwards RW: American Indian youth and drugs, 1976–87: A continuing problem.Am J Public Health 79: 634–636, 1989.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Castiglia PT, Glenister AM, Haughey BP, Kanski G W: Influences on children's attitudes toward alcohol consumption.Pediatr Nurs 15:263–266, 1989.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Forney DP, Forney MA, Ripley WK: Alcohol and adolescents: knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.J Adolesc Health Care 9:194–202, 1988.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Allen JP, Leadbeater BJ, Aber JL: The relationship of adolescents' expectations and values to delinquency, hard drug use, and unprotected sexual intercourse.Dev Psychopathology 2:85–98, 1990.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Coombs RH, Paulson MJ, Richardson MA: Peer vs. parental influence in substance use among Hispanic and Anglo children and adolescents.J Youth Adolesc 20:73–88, 1991.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Jessor R. Problem-behavior theory, psychosocial development, and adolescent problem drinking.Br J Addict 82:331–342, 1987.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Binion A Jr, Miller CD, Beauvais F, Oetting ER: Rationales for the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs by eighth-grade Native American and Anglo youth.Int J Addict 23:47–64, 1988.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Cockerham WC: Drinking attitudes and practices among Wind River Reservation Indian youth.Q J Stud Alcohol 36:321–326, 1975.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Swanson DW, Bratrude AP, Brown EM: Alcohol abuse in a population of Indian children.Dis Nerv Syst 31:835–842, 1971.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Young TJ: Native American drinking: a neglected subject of study and research.J Drug Educ 21:65–72, 1991.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    May PA, Smith MB: Some Navajo Indian opinions about alcohol abuse and prohibition: A survey and recommendations for policy.J Stud Alcohol 49:324–334, 1988.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Furnham A:Lay Theories. Everyday Understanding of Problems in the Social Sciences, Oxford, Eng.: Pergamon Press, 1988.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Albaugh B, Albaugh P: Alcoholism and substance sniffing among the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians of Oklahoma.Int J Addict 14:1001–1007, 1979.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Gilbert M, Alcocer AM: Alcohol use and Hispanic youth: an overview.J Drug Issues 18:33–48, 1988.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Forney PD, Forney MA, Ripley WK: Profile of an adolescent problem drinker.J Fam Pract 27:65–69, 1988.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Allen JP, Weissberg RP, Hawkins, JA: The relation between values and social competence in early adolescence.Dev Psychol 25:458–464, 1989.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Liban CB, Smart RG: Drinking and drug use among Ontario Indian students.Drug Alcohol Depend 9:161–171, 1982.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Sigelman
    • 2
  • Tamara Didjurgis
    • 1
  • Brenda Marshall
    • 1
  • Frank Vargas
    • 1
  • Amanda Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DC

Personalised recommendations