Roman Catholic Priests as Referral Sources and Treatment Aides for Hispanics with Substance Misuse/Abuse Problems
This self-administered mail survey study, conducted along the USA–Mexico border, examines Roman Catholic Priests’ involvement in aiding Hispanic individuals with substance abuse problems. The Priests were found to be highly involved or willing to be involved in: (1) participating in juramentos (pledge usually to Virgin of Guadalupe, with Priest as witness, to temporarily abstain from substance use), (2) providing referrals, and (3) working with family and/or treatment resources in the community in order to help the person seeking their help. Fluency in Spanish, regardless of Hispanic ethnicity, was found to positively impact involvement in juramentos, providing referrals, and willingness to work with community resources.
KeywordsHispanic Substance misuse referral Roman Catholic Priests Spanish language fluency Hispanic self-identification USA–Mexico border
The author wishes to acknowledge Dr. Louis Lieberman, deceased November 2013, for all of his intellectual contributions without which this project, and therefore, this manuscript would not have happened.
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