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The protective role of ethnic and racial identity and aspects of an Africentric orientation against drug use among African American young adults.

Research paper by Judith S JS Brook, Kerstin K Pahl

Indexed on: 22 Sep '05Published on: 22 Sep '05Published in: The Journal of genetic psychology



Abstract

In this study, the authors examined (a) the protective potential of multiple components of ethnic and racial identity and (b) the aspects of an Africentric orientation for moderating psychobehavioral risk and protective factors for drug use among a sample of 333 urban low-income African American young adults. Ethnic and racial identity and Africentric variables moderated the relationship between psychobehavioral variables and drug stage in 32.5% of the cases. Ethnic and racial identity and Africentric values for African American young adults seemed to be important as moderators of the association between psychobehavioral factors and young adult drug use. The authors suggested implications for future research and interventions.