Risk Factors for Past Month and Past Year Marijuana Use among a National Sample of Hispanic Youth
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
: 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Background: Marijuana use rates remain higher among Hispanic youth compared with youth from other ethnic groups. The purpose of the present study was to examine if sex, age, authoritarian parenting, school experiences, lifetime depression, legal involvement, and perceived social norms of marijuana use predicted recent marijuana use and past year marijuana use among Hispanic youth. Methods: The participants of this study were a nationwide sample of Hispanic youth (N = 3,457). A secondary data analysis of the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was performed. Unadjusted odds ratios were computed via univariate logistic regression analyses and all significant variables were retained and included in the final multiple logistic regression analyses. Recent marijuana use was operationally defined as use within the past 30 days, and marijuana use in the past year was defined as use within the past year. Results: Results indicated that 7.5% of Hispanic youth used within the past month and 14.5% of Hispanic youth used within the past year. Results revealed that significant predictors for recent marijuana use were age, authoritarian parenting, school experiences, legal involvement, and perceived social norm regarding youth marijuana use. Regarding marijuana use in the past year, significant predictors were age, school experiences, legal involvement, and perceived social norms regarding youth marijuana use. Conclusions: Findings from this study can be used to address the public health problem of marijuana use among Hispanic youth that is ultimately contributing to health disparities among this ethnic group nationwide. Recommendations for future studies are included.
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify predictors of past month and past year marijuana use among a nationally representative sample of Hispanic adolescents
Discuss the importance of developing and implementing comprehensive substance use prevention efforts targeting Hispanic adolescents
Keyword(s): Drug Abuse, Latinos
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati. I have assisted numerous schools, communities, coalitions, and agencies in establishing child and adolescent health programming and continue to advocate for initiatives that will improve the health and well-being of youth. I have published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and have presented over 50 professional presentations at conferences focusing on adolescent health promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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