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"El lado oscuro": "the dark side" of social capital in Mexican American heroin using men.

Authors
  • Flores, David V
  • Torres, Luis R
  • Torres-Vigil, Isabel
  • Ren, Yi
  • Haider, Ali
  • Bordnick, Patrick S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
124–139
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2013.788897
PMID: 23768430
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article describes social capital in a cohort of 227 Mexican American men who are long-term injection heroin users. Social capital scores for current and former users were similar, suggesting equal absolute values of capital, but associated with illicit activities in current users and with cessation efforts in former users. Stable drug-using relationships provided high negative capital, whereas conventional relationships provided positive capital. Thus, social capital functions dichotomously in positive and negative contextualized roles. This study provides an alternative understanding of the dynamic interactions between individuals, environment, and drug abuse and can inform prevention and treatment interventions for an important demographic group.

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