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


Criminology and Criminal Justice


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.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work in Health Care on Sept. 15, 2011, available online:



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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.