Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents

Janet Okamoto, Anamara Ritt-Olson, Daniel Soto, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Jennifer B. Unger

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Abstract

Objective: To examine perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino high school students. Methods: Latino 9th graders (N=1332) completed self-report measures of perceived discrimination and substance use behavior. Results: Perceived discrimination was associated with lifetime use measures of smoking (OR=1.73, P<0.01), alcohol (OR=1.53, P<0.01), marijuana (OR=1.70, P<0.01), and inhalants (OR=1.50, P<0.05); and past 30 day measures of smoking (OR=2.54, P<0.01), alcohol (OR=1.63, P<0.01), marijuana (OR=1.95, P<0.01), and inhalants (OR=1.64, P<0.01), and binge drinking (OR=1.84, P<0.01). Conclusions: Latino adolescents who have higher perceptions of discrimination are at risk for substance use. Interventions to help Latino adolescents cope with feelings of discrimination may be a useful addition to substance use prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-727
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume33
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Discrimination
  • Latino
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology

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Okamoto, J., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., & Unger, J. B. (2009). Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(6), 718-727.

Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents. / Okamoto, Janet; Ritt-Olson, Anamara; Soto, Daniel; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes; Unger, Jennifer B.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2009, p. 718-727.

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Okamoto, J, Ritt-Olson, A, Soto, D, Baezconde-Garbanati, L & Unger, JB 2009, 'Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 718-727.
Okamoto J, Ritt-Olson A, Soto D, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Unger JB. Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2009;33(6):718-727.
Okamoto, Janet ; Ritt-Olson, Anamara ; Soto, Daniel ; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes ; Unger, Jennifer B. / Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2009 ; Vol. 33, No. 6. pp. 718-727.
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