Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name




First Advisor

Dr. Sandra E. Taylor


This thesis examines substance use and abuse in the context of precipitating factors. In particular, it shows how substance abuse can be triggered by certain variables such as stress. The thesis also shows different "struggles" encountered by African American students that have been found to impact the use of various illicit substances. Additionally, the thesis discusses the role of the church and its impact on the structure of the African American family as it deals with youth and drugs. Drug categories included in this study are cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. The study shows, through an historical perspective, how drugs entered the African American community and why they still remain. The primary data source used was a set of summarized surveys administered to schools from forty states compiled by PRIDE. Recommendations are made for various initiatives and programs designed specifically to aid in reducing substance abuse among African-Americans.

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