Desire for Help Among Drug-Using Mexican-American Arrestees

Published in: Substance Use and Misuse, v. 33, no. 6, May 1998, p. 1387-1406

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1997

by Douglas L. Longshore

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In a sample of 88 drug-using Mexican-American arrestees, this study examined demographic factors, drug-problem severity indicators, and personal and social resources as correlates of self-reported desire for help with problems related to drug use. Ethnicity-related attitudes, perceptions, and experiences were among the factors tested. Among 35 potential correlates in this dataset, recognition of drug-related interpersonal problems was the sole significant correlate of desire for help in comparison to previously identified correlates of Mexican-American drug users' desire for help specifically in the form of drug user treatment. The authors derive implications regarding drug-use-associated problem recognition and other potential determinants of help-seeking and success in drug user treatment among Mexican-American drug users.

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