Cultural context and substance abuse in Hispanic adolescents


Journal Article

Much emphasis has been placed on the significant substance abuse problem being faced by Hispanic as well as other minority youth in the United States. However, little research has focused on the relative importance of culturally determined factors in the development of substance abuse in Hispanic youths. In this study, we propose an approach to measuring cultural factors through the activity orientations that youths endorse. We studied over 4000 Mexican-American and Mexican youths living along the U.S.-Mexico border with respect to their recent drug use, problem drug use, depressive symptomatology, and their activity orientation. While culturally related activity orientation does significantly increase risk for substance abuse, we found that symptoms of distress/depression and sociodemographic factors exerted a stronger effect on these youths. © 1992 Human Sciences Press, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pumariega, AJ; Swanson, JW; Holzer, CE; Linskey, AO; Quintero-Salinas, R

Published Date

  • March 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 75 - 92

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2843

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1062-1024

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01321343

Citation Source

  • Scopus