Cultural Variables and the Hispanic Drug Abuser

  • Mark A. Quinones
  • Kathleen M. Doyle


The past decade has seen the production of a plethora of studies on various aspects of drug abuse. However, despite reports, such as that by the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1976), showing Puerto Ricans to be the most disadvantaged of minority groups and the most affected by drug äbuse, among other social ills, little research has been directed towards exploring the sociological and psychological dynamics of Puerto Rican drug abuse. The few studies which have been done indicate that both the etiology of drug abuse among Puerto Ricans and the treatment needs of this group differ from that of mainstream society. In this paper, some of the literature relating to causes and treatment of this phenomenon will be reviewed and the results of a preliminary study of drug abuse among Puerto Ricans in Newark related.


Drug Abuse Drug Abuser Mental Health Program Spanish Speaking Therapeutic Community 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Quinones
    • 1
  • Kathleen M. Doyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Drug AbuseDepartment of Preventive Medicine and Community HealthUSA

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