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Substance Abuse Reports – Ethnic Specific

Amodeo, M., Peou, S., Grigg-Saito, D., Berke, H., Pin-Riebe, S., & Jones, L. (2004). Providing Culturally Specific Substance Abuse Services in Refugee and Immigrant Communities: Lessons from a Cambodian Treatment and Demonstration Project. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions4(3).

Several agencies interested in serving Cambodian immigrants established a substance abuse treatment demonstration project which included culturally specific elements such as co-therapy done by a bilingual, bicultural Cambodian worker and a mainstream American social worker; formation of an advisory committee with Cambodian members; home visiting and family involvement; emphasis on traditional cultural values as motivators; integration of Buddhist philosophy; and use of acupuncture for detoxification. In spite of careful planning and several program accomplishments, the program initially received few client referrals. A fact-finding process revealed several barriers, including stigmatization of substance abuse and few Cambodian providers with substance abuse training. Case vignettes and organizational and clinical recommendations are provided for community leaders and advisory groups working with other low-incidence refugee and immigrant populations.

A copy of the article is available at the NAPAFASA Resource Library.

D'Avanzo, C., Frye, B., & Froman, R. (1994). Culture, Stress, and Substance Use in Cambodian Refugee Women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol55: 420-426.

Focuses on the use of alcohol and other drugs by Cambodian refugee women and their families in Massachussetts and California. The purpose of the study is to generate initial data within this group on substance abuse topics such as frequency of use, situations surrounding use, and culturally specific substance use.

Subscriptions to Journal of Studies on Alcohol* can be made online atwww.rci.rutgers.edu/%7Ecas2/journal/subscribe.html. Available at the Los Angeles office NAPAFASA resource library.

Hanipale, F., & Whitney, S. "Feeling Strong": Themes in Samoan Drinking and Recovery. Pago Pago, American Samoa: Social Services Division, Department of Human Resources, Government of American Samoa.

This study looks at the thematic content in Samoan views about over-drinking and its results. By looking at the form and meaning of such cultural behaviors and beliefs about alcohol, the authors hope to reveal the necessary clues to help address the damage which over-drinking can cause.

Available at the Los Angeles office NAPAFASA resource library.

Patel, S. (2001). Substance Abuse in the South Asian Context in the United States. South Asian Public Health Association.

An examination of the widespread complexity of substance abuse in the United States with a focus on underlying barriers and implications faced by South Asians at-risk for substance abuse.

Includes an examination of epidemiological studies, organizational efforts to address substance abuse, identification of risk factors, assessment of cultural factors, as well as an offering of culturally appropriate recommendations.

Publication can be ordered for $25 for the first copy and $15 for additional copies atwww.sapha.net/bporder.htm. Available at the Los Angeles office NAPAFASA resource library.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. (1999).Responding to Pacific Islanders: Culturally Competent Perspectives for Substance Abuse Prevention (DHHS Publication No. (SMA)98-3195).

Dedicated exclusively to health issues affecting Pacific Islanders, this publication focuses on the concept of cultural accessibility as a tool to evaluate how well health services respond to the unique needs of the Pacific Islander community. The volume also addresses programs that link culturally appropriate healing strategies with complementary and alternative health practices.

This publication can be ordered at no charge online atstore.health.org/catalog/productDetails.aspx?ProductID=15438. Available at the Los Angeles office NAPAFASA resource library.

Workman, R., Pinhey, T., & Perez, M. (1998). In Pursuit of Happiness: A Study of Substance Use Among Guam High School Youth. Mangilao, Guam: University of Guam.

This study is meant to provide empirical evidence and documentation of substance abuse patterns among high school youth in Guam. The report presents the result of a survey of Guam's high school students which examines their use of various drugs and to examine the association of their use patterns with their knowledge and perceptions of various forms of physical violence.

Available at the Los Angeles office NAPAFASA resource library.