Drug Use Trajectories Among Minority Youth

  • Yonette F. Thomas
  • LeShawndra N. Price

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Yonette F. Thomas, LeShawndra N. Price
    Pages 1-14
  3. Denise Kandel, Yonette F. Thomas
    Pages 15-20
  4. Margaret E. Ensminger, Kate E. Fothergill, Elaine E. Doherty, Kerry M. Green, Judy A. Robertson, Hee-Soon Juon
    Pages 37-62
  5. Jorge Delva, Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Fernando H. Andrade, Marya Hynes, Ninive Sanchez, Cristina B. Bares
    Pages 63-83
  6. John M. Wallace Jr., Patrick M. O’Malley Jr., Jerald G. Bachman, John E. Schulenberg, Lloyd D. Johnston
    Pages 105-121
  7. Helene Raskin White, Rolf Loeber, Tammy Chung
    Pages 123-150
  8. Jennifer B. Unger, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Anamara Ritt-Olson, Daniel W. Soto, Chih-Ping Chou
    Pages 151-169
  9. Rand D. Conger, Gary D. Stockdale, Hairong Song, Richard W. Robins, Keith F. Widaman
    Pages 171-197
  10. Michele Cooley-Strickland, Lindsay Bynum, Katherine Otte, Lingqi Tang, Robert S. Griffin, Tanya J. Quille et al.
    Pages 233-269
  11. Charles R. Martinez, Heather H. McClure Jr., J. Mark Eddy
    Pages 305-330
  12. Guillermo Prado, David Cordova, Nicole Cano, Margaret Arzon, Hilda Pantin, C. Hendricks Brown
    Pages 347-365
  13. Denise D. Hallfors, Abigail A. Haydon, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Bonita J. Iritani
    Pages 367-398
  14. Gene H. Brody, Steven R. H. Beach, Robert A. Philibert
    Pages 399-426

About this book


This volume examines trajectories of drug use among ethnic minority youth in the United States with a focus on African Americans and Hispanics. It also highlights what research designs have been employed to address these differences as well as suggests strategies for moving this discourse forward by identifying potential targets for prevention and intervention with minority youth. 

This book features essays by leading experts in the field who have grappled with this issue for decades. Inside, readers will find an insightful dialogue that addresses such questions as: Why are African American and Hispanic youth more likely than their White peers to abstain from drug use during adolescence but are more likely to become problem users later in life? What impact does the stress caused by discrimination have on potential drug use? To what extent does religiosity protect minority youth from drug use as past research suggests that it protects White youth? What is the influence of neighborhood context on exposure to and use of substances among urban African American children? Taken together, the essays in this book identify underexplored risk and protective factors and gaps in the current state of knowledge that can be used to develop effective, culturally specific drug abuse prevention strategies. 

This book is for anyone with an interest in the initiation and escalation of drug use among African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos and factors that influence these patterns over the life course.  It will also be an ideal resource for those interested in better understanding the mechanisms by which risk and protective factors are related to the development of drug use and addiction, particularly the ways in which such factors contribute to health differences and have disproportionately more negative consequences for ethnic minorities. 


Prevention and intervention African Americans Hispanics and Latinos Problem users Development of drug use and addiction

Editors and affiliations

  • Yonette F. Thomas
    • 1
  • LeShawndra N. Price
    • 2
  1. 1.The New York Academy of Medicine and the American Association of GeographersGlenn DaleUSA
  2. 2.Health Inequities and Global Health BranchNational Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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