Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

308

Date

2011

Date of Award

4-21-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Gilbert Parra

Committee Member

Theresa Okwumabua

Committee Member

Richard Dale

Abstract

Substance use among all youth is a substantial public health concern and must be understood from specific cultural and developmental perspectives for different populations. The current study examined this issue from an African American cultural and developmental lens. This study sought to investigate how developmental, social, and cultural factors influence attitudes about and the use of alcohol and other drugs among a high risk African American sample. The participants of this study were 100 African American adolescents, ages 8 -16. For the purposes of this study, participants were divided into 2 age groups: 8-11 and 12-16. Multiple regressions were conducted for each age group and indicated that while there were several factors that contributed to attitudes about and involvement with substances for youth 12 -16, there were no predictors that were salient for younger youth. Findings have implications for the epidemiology and prevention of substance use among African American adolescents.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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