Latino Adolescents: A Reflective Study

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In this study, the authors aimed to understand if certain cultural values had an influence on a specific group of Latino adolescents when it came to treatment. The authors chose Latinos because such minority held the highest substance-use rate when compared to African Americans and Caucasians. The participants were Latino/Hispanic males between the age of 13 and 18; most of them were of Mexican background. These adolescents were recruited from a juvenile justice system and had to meet the DSM-IV criteria for substance use or dependence disorder. The cultural variables that the authors measured were ethnic identity, acculturation, and familism, also known as familismo. Familism was described as a concept that was common with Latino cultures,

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