Prevention of Adolescent Alcohol Problems in Special Populations

  • Steve Sussman
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 17)


Research on the prevention of alcohol abuse in America has only recently begun to consider the needs of special populations. This chapter will consider alcohol prevention as a function of four major special population divisions: gender, ethnicity, region (population density), and socioeconomic status. Specific ethnic groups examined will include Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. In general, there is some support for the utility of current alcohol prevention approaches on special populations. Much population-specific work completed to date has not been rigorously designed or evaluated, though it appears likely that partnering with population gatekeepers and showing cultural respect and sensitivity to the population, and providing material that is relevant to the population's adaptation to their environment are essential.


Life Skill African American Youth Abuse Prevention Adolescent Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention 
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  • Steve Sussman
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  1. 1.Departments of Preventive Medicine and PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaAlhambra

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