American Indian youth and substance abuse: Tobacco use problems, risk factors and preventive interventions

Steven P. Schinke, Michael S. Moncher, Gary W. Holden, Gilbert J. Botvin, Mario A. Orlandi

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After reviewing the special problems of smoked and smokeless tobacco use among American Indian people, this paper notesthe risks of early and regular substance use by Indian youth. Theoretical and empirical explanations for tobacco and substance use among Indian youth are then recounted. Based on those explanations, the authors outline the wisdom of interventions to prevent tobacco and other substance use among American Indian young people. Briefly, the authors describe their own original efforts to design such preventive interventions. The paper concludes by calling for additional research on the measurement and prevention of smoked and smokeless tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse among Indian children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Education Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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