Assimilation and Adaptation: Effects on Drug Use Among Immigration Youths

James L. Wright, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Hoan N. Bui, University of Tennessee

Research has indicated that immigrants, adults and youths, are less likely than the native born to be involved in crime and delinquency. Literature aklso suggests that immigrants can assimilate to the conventional as well as the deviant cultures. This paper examines differences in drug use (alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine) among youth from different immigration generations searching to understand the influences of the assimilation process on drug and alcohol use.

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