Objective: To explore the association between substance abuse and school-based violence issues among Latino high school students. Method: A quantitative study in which secondary data from the Centers for Disease Control, 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) was utilized. Results: Adolescents of 16 years of age and younger are at higher risk. Males are more likely to carry a weapon, experience more threats at school and engage in fights, and sustain injuries than female. Adolescents who are involved in substance use are more likely to engage in violence as opposed to non users. Lastly, adolescents who were offered drugs on school premises were more likely to engage in school violence than those who were never offered drugs. Conclusion: this study's findings can be used for the development and improvement of educational and supportive programs to reduce the prevalence of substance use and school violence.
|Commitee:||Lam, Brian, Tan, Philip|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Latin American Studies|
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