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
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Discrimination
  • Latino
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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