Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
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.
Slaughter, Demetria M., "An examination of substance use and abuse among African American high school students" (1994). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 2305.