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Substance abuse among Southeast Asians in the U.S.: Implications for practice and research

Author: O-Hare, Thomas; Van-Tran, Thanh
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Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-in-Health-Care
Volume/Pages Vol 26(3): 69-80
Subject Matter Asian Pacific Islander
Abstract The combined influences of mental health disorders, which frequently co-occur with substance abuse, and acculturation pressures suggest that a significant increase in substance abuse problems may be in progress for Southeast Asian immigrants in the US. Preliminary evidence appears to bear out this hypothesis (e.g., H. H. Kitano, 1989; C. E. D Avanzo et al, 1994). The current article outlines the literature on substance abuse among Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians in the U.S., and makes tentative recommendations for assessment, treatment, and future research. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)