Drug Problem Recognition Among African American Drug-Using Arrestees

Published in: Addictive Behaviors, v. 23, no. 2, Mar. 1998, p. 275-279

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1997

by Douglas L. Longshore, Cheryl Grills

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The authors examined demographic factors, drug-use severity indicators, social resources, and personal perceptions as correlates of drug problem recognition among African American drug-using arrestees. In particular, the authors sought to move beyond the ethnic gloss of prior research by including ethnicity-related attitudes, perceptions, and experiences among the factors tested. Multivariate regression analysis suggested that Conventional Moral Beliefs and Neighborhood Drug/Alcohol Problems were key determinants of the perception that one's own drug use is a problem. Implications of these findings for help-seeking and engagement in treatment among African American drug users are cited.

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