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Session: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues Among Hispanics
3371.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues Among Hispanics
Hispanics represent an estimated 13% of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2002), during the next three decades this population is expected to greatly increase and will impact many key areas of our society. Current census projections predict that the number of Hispanics in the United States will double by 2050 to more than 25% of the total US population. In light of this large representation among the US population, knowledge of psychiatric morbidity and substance use among Hispanics is becoming increasingly important. A large percentage of U.S. youth have unmet mental health needs, and the percentage is higher for Hispanics than Non-Hispanic Whites. National surveys have shown that Latino adolescents have among the earliest substance use initiation rates and high rates of regular substance use. Also, research indicates that problem drinking is on the rise among US Latinas and that among Latina women, higher acculturation has been linked to higher alcohol consumption. The purpose of this session is to address issues related both to mental health and substance use among Hispanics, with a special emphasis in adolescents and women. The session is important to leaders in academia and public health professionals who want to learn more about mental health issues and needs as well as substance use and substance use treatment among Hispanics.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Recognize factors associated with substance abuse among Mexican-Americans 2. Describe factors related with drinking problems among Latinas 3. Understand mental health problems among Hispanics
Board 1Historical trauma and substance abuse among Mexican Americans
Antonio Estrada, PhD
Board 2Taking a closer look at health disparities within Mexican descent adolescent substance use
Tomas Nuņo, MA, Andrea Romero, PhD, Michele Orduņa, MEd, Antonio Estrada, PhD, Sally Stevens, PhD
Board 3Three potential themes for counter-marketing to protect young Latinas: Results from analyses of internal tobacco industry documents
Susan E. Middlestadt, PhD, A. Susana Ramirez, Jesse Gelwicks, Rachel C. Gross, PhD, CHES
Board 4Factors associated with residential treatment drop-out rates among Latina/o substance abusers in a culturally focused treatment setting
Wilfred Labiosa, MA, Jamie Wyatt, MSW, Lena Lundgren, PhD, Joya Lonsdale, BA
Board 5Influence of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Resources on Drinking and Alcohol Problems among US Latinas
Nina Mulia, DrPH, Sarah Zemore, PhD, Yu Ye, MA
Board 6Contextualizing acculturation's effects: The impact of changing religious involvement and social support on Latinas' drinking
Sarah Zemore, PhD, Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH, Jason Bond, PhD, Nina Mulia, DrPH
Board 7A systems approach to improving substance abuse treatment access for latino youth: The hartford youth project *
Jane A. Ungemack, Dr PH, Jennifer E. Sussman, Robyn M. Anderson, MA, LADC, LPC, Lillian Mercado, Sandra Adorno
Board 8Examining Latino Adolescents' Use of School-Based Mental Health Services
Dana B. Rusch, MA, Olga Reyes, PhD
Board 9Differences in mental health in Mexican immigrants by time in U.S. and language choice
Elizabeth Perez, BS, Madeleine Shalowitz, MD, Carolyn Berry, PhD, Molly Martin, MD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Latino Caucus
Endorsed by:Black Caucus of Health Workers; Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

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