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Alcohol and Other Substance Use Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 40 Issue: 2 Dated: 2010 Pages: 99-124
Barbara A. Berman, Ph.D.; Leanne Streja, M.S.; Debra S. Guthmann, Ed.D.
Date Published
26 pages
This study examined alcohol and illicit drug use among deaf and hard of hearing youth.
Little research has focused on alcohol and illicit drug use among deaf and hard of hearing youth. Findings are reported from survey data collected among high school students at two phases of a program of research primarily focusing on tobacco use (Phase 1: (1999/2000) n = 226, Phase 2: (2004) n = 618). Evidence of considerable ever (lifetime) drinking (59.1 percent, 42.6 percent) and other substance use (21.1 percent, 18.9 percent) was found. Gender, age, race/ethnic, grade, school type (mainstream versus school for the deaf), age when deafened, and aspects of self-perception were examined for their possible association with substance use. Current use rates are reported, and study findings are discussed in relation to national data. Understanding these use patterns is critical to developing interventions for this culturally and linguistically unique population. (Published Abstract) Tables, figures, and references