Explaining Racial/Ethnic Differences in Substance Abuse

Scott Akins, Victoria University of Wellington
Chad Smith, Washington State University Vancouver
Clayton Mosher, Washington State University, Vancouver

While there is a fairly extensive literature examining the patterns and correlates of substance use across minority youth populations, comparitively little attention has been devoted to adults. Drawing on data derived from a household sample of 7,000 adults in Washington state, this paper provides multivariate analyses of the correlates of substance use across five racial/ethnic groups. Analyses indicate that differences in substance use and abuse between groups largely disappear when socio-demographic and individual level risk/protective factors are taken into account.

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