Family interaction and acculturation in Mexican-American inhalant users

M. L. Bonnheim, M. Korman

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Abstract

The deliberate inhalation of volatile solvents, such as glue, paint, aerosols, lighter fluid and gasoline, appears to be a serious problem among adolescents and, increasingly, young adults. The role and pattern of social disorganization in predisposing youths to inhalant abuse is likewise unclear. Noting the overrepresentation of Mexican-American youths as inhalant users, it has been posited that social disorganization among Mexican-American inhalant users may result from the clash of traditional Mexican culture with the demands of modern Anglo society. The process of acculturation is often associated with stress resulting from value conflicts, identity crises and the loss of traditional institutions that were a source of meaning and comfort to the acculturating group. Those people most stressed by acculturation have been found to engage in maladaptive behaviors, including drug abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume17
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

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Acculturation
Anomie
Inhalant Abuse
Identity Crisis
Gasoline
Paint
Aerosols
Adhesives
Inhalation
Substance-Related Disorders
Young Adult

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Family interaction and acculturation in Mexican-American inhalant users. / Bonnheim, M. L.; Korman, M.

In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1985, p. 25-33.

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