An Alcohol Treatment Model for Use with the Puerto Rican Community

  • Carlos A. Caste
  • Jeffrey Blodgett


Hispanics constitute a significant and rapidly growing segment of the American population. According to the 1970 census there were 9.6 million persons of Spanish origin in this country (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1973). The 1975 current population reports raised the number to 11.2 million, which can be considered as the most conservative base figure for the Hispanics (U. S. Bureau of Census, 1976). Other estimates which take into consideration census under count, increase from births, and legal as well as undocumented immigration indicate that probably more than 23 million Hispanics live in this country today. Furthermore, they are the fastest growing ethnic group. Although projections diverge widely on the basis of baselines and growth rates, it is expected that by the year 2000 the number of Hispanic Americans will reach 55.3 million. Even by conservative estimates, they will soon become the largest ethnic minority in the United States (Macias, 1977).


Community Mental Health Community Mental Health Center Community Mental Health Service Current Population Report Hispanic Community 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos A. Caste
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Blodgett
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineUSA

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