Violence-related behaviors among dominican adolescents

Examining the influence of alcohol and marijuana use

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Abstract

This study identified the predictors of youth violence and violent victimization among a sample of Dominican adolescents (N=155) attending high school in a northeastern urban community. As part of a broader community-based needs assessment, students participated in an evaluation of a substance abuse prevention program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Correlations, principal components, multiple imputation, and stepwise regression analyses were systematically employed to develop a parsimonious model for predicting violence-related behaviors among Dominican youth. Findings suggest that early onset of alcohol and marijuana use was associated with an increased likelihood of engaging in violence-related behaviors or being the victim of a violent act. In addition, students who reported a lowered sense of safety were more likely to be involved in acts of violence. However, adolescents who reported depressive symptoms were less inclined to become involved in violence-related behaviors. Implications for culturally-tailored violence and substance abuse prevention programming efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-427
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2008

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  • Alcohol use
  • Dominican adolescents
  • Marijuana use
  • Violence-related behaviors

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In: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, Vol. 7, No. 4, 02.12.2008, p. 404-427.

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