Improving research on Latino substance abuse

This project consists of evaluating existing policy and research covering adolescent populations with sensitivity to inter-ethnic and regional differences. While the concentration is on contrasts of Latinos of various national and regional origins (Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin Americans), other ethnic groups will be included in the comparative analysis. This research effort will consist of the following tasks: (1) identify existing databases at the national, regional, state, and local levels that contain comparative information about Latino substance use; and (2) evaluate the feasibility of aggregating these databases and transforming them into files for comparative analyses of patterns and trends. This will include a comprehensive screening and enumeration of studies conducted in the past ten years through exhaustive literature review, and contacting federal, state, and local agencies, and leading investigators in the field; (3) generate policy papers resulting from the review, and evaluate the scope of the Latino alcohol and drug-use patterns in the context of current national policies regarding substance control and prevention; and (4) prepare scientific papers addressing the methods for improving the quality of data for evaluating trends in substance use among adolescents with a focus on the major Latino ethnic groups throughout the United States.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $161,516.00

Awarded on: 6/1/1998

Time frame: 7/1/1998 - 12/31/1999

Grant Number: 34551


University of Texas at San Antonio

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, 78249-1644


William A. Vega
Project Director