• Journal Article

Implications of cultural orientation for substance use among American Indians

Citation

Herman-Stahl, M., Spencer, D., & Duncan, J. E. (2003). Implications of cultural orientation for substance use among American Indians. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 11(1), 46-66.

Abstract

American Indians were interviewed about their participation in traditional culture and their substance use behaviors. Analyses indicated that cultural orientation differed by age and employment status. Bicultural or less Indian oriented individuals were more likely to misuse alcohol than their more Indian oriented counterparts. The implications of cultural orientation for substance use behaviors are discussed. The need for more precise conceptualization and measurement of acculturation is recommended.