Substance abuse among Asian American youth: An ecological review of the literature

Jun Sung Hong, Hui Huang, Bushra Sabri, Johnny S. Kim

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Abstract

The purpose of this review is to understand the risk and protective factors that are associated with substance use among Asian American youth. Using the Bronfenbrenner's (1994) ecological systems theory, we examine how individual characteristics (age, gender, psychopathology, genetics, and ethnic differences), micro- (family and peers), meso-/exo- (relations between family and peers, cultural norms, and economic stress), macro- (academic achievement and cultural influences), and chrono-systems (acculturation) level factors influence or inhibit substance use among Asian American youth. In addition, this review highlights major implications for practice and policy to prevent substance misuse and to improve outcomes for substance abusing Asian American youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-677
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Asian Americans
  • Drugs
  • Substance
  • Tobacco
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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