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By William A. Vega, Andres G. Gil

This publication provides new and significant information regarding adolescent drug use. The publication is meant for human carrier execs, academics, researchers, and scholars attracted to the problem of early adolescent drug use and its motives and pervasiveness in a multiethnic inhabitants. at the present time, the sphere of adolescent drug use learn is dependent upon integrative types that let competing motives of drug use. This strategy promotes flexibility in checking out hypotheses pertinent to adol- cents of very assorted social and cultural backgrounds or own features. Longitudinal reports, together with the only awarded in those pages, have pointed out many possibility and protecting elements or techniques which are associated with adolescent drug use. We evaluate those all through this publication and current new details from our personal learn. Our element of departure is to increase and complicated descriptive examine and types of adolescent drug learn to hide the original and numerous reports of youth who're Hispanic, African American, and White non-Hispanic.

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It is important to note that the highest crime rates were found in the county’s middle schools. On average, there were 20 physical assaults per 1,000 students in the middle schools as contrasted to 11 per 1,000 in the county’s high schools (“ New Crime Wave,” 1996). In addition to assaults, the prevalence of gangs, guns, knives, and other weapons in the schools led to the installation of metal detectors in many of them and to an increased police presence in and around some schools as well. Hurricane Andrew Hurricane Andrew, which struck South Florida during the early hours of August 24, 1992, posed a vast array of problems for Dade County and the city of Miami, and, inasmuch as it occurred between the second and third waves of data collection, it created a large number of unanticipated problems for the research group as well.

The impacts of the hurricane were not only extensive, they were also persistent. Eight months after the storm, a survey of 14,937 households conducted by community officials revealed that only about 5% of the most badly damaged homes had been fully repaired (“Hurricane Recovery Slow,” 1993), and an article published in Newsweek magazine in April of 1993 reported that children and adolescents were still suffering psychological traumas and that 12 had attempted suicide (“Trauma after the Storm,” 1993).

Large numbers of new immigrants continue to flow into the United States, especially Hispanics and Asians. Many settle in the same deteriorating neighborhoods that were once residential quarters of other impoverished ethnic and minority groups (Rumbaut, 1994b). This new phase of American immigration poses a fundamental question. Will incorporation of new immigrants who are increasingly nonwhite occur in a manner that approximates (1) intergenerational incorporation into American society that occurred with European groups, or (2) long-term segregation and creation of castelike minority status as has occurred for many African Americans and Hispanics?

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