Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-15-2011

Subject: LCSH

Asian Americans--Substance use, Families, Teenagers--Substance use, Model minority stereotype

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Abstract

Rarely has substance use prevention programming targeted Asian-American adolescents. Using a focus group methodology, we explored perceptions of substance use and preferences for prevention programming among 31 Asian-American adolescents in New York City. Participants considered substance use common in the community. Factors contributing to substance use among Asian-American adolescents (e.g., peer pressure, pressure to achieve, family factors, and community influence) were identified, and the need for prevention programs tailored for the Asian-American community was highlighted. Participants discussed preferred program content, delivery settings, and recruitment and retention strategies. Despite the favorable attitude for family-based prevention programming, participants raised potential issues concerning the feasibility of such a program. Study findings facilitate understanding of Asian-American adolescents' substance use behavior and shed light on prevention program development for this underserved population.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work in Health Care on Sept. 15, 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00981389.2011.588115

DOI

10.1080/00981389.2011.588115

Publisher Citation

Fang, L., Barnes-Ceeney, K., Lee, R., & Tao, J. (2011). Substance use among Asian American adolescents: Perceptions of use and preferences for prevention programming. Social Work in Health Care, 50(8), 606-624.

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