Drug Problem Recognition Among Mexican-American Drug-Using Arrestees

Published in: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v. 20, no. 2, May 1998, p. 270-275

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1997

by Douglas L. Longshore

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Demographic factors, drug-use severity indicators, social resources, and personal perceptions were tested as correlates of drug-problem recognition among Mexican American drug-using arrestees. Ethnicity-related attitudes, perceptions, and experiences were among the factors tested. Multivariate regression analysis found that lifetime polydrug use and conventional moral beliefs were key determinants of the perception that one's own drug use is a problem. Implications of these findings are cited for help-seeking and engagement in treatment by Mexican American drug users.

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