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Illegal Drug Use in Orthodox Jewish Adolescents.

Authors
  • Fogel, Joshua1
  • 1 a Brooklyn College , Department of Economics , 2900 Bedford Avenue , Brooklyn , NY , 11210 , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
3
Issue
3
Pages
17–31
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1300/J233v03n03_02
PMID: 29019291
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Orthodox Jewish adolescents are increasingly seeking stimulation with illegal drugs. Eleven Orthodox Jewish adolescents were surveyed with semi-structured interviews on the Orthodox Jewish cultural aspects of their illegal drug use. Adolescents had mixed beliefs about religious teachings affecting their illegal drug use. No consistent pattern existed for particular ethnic aspects of Orthodox Jewish religious practice as a risk factor for illegal drug use. Language used to describe illegal drug use in this population is described. Unlike illegal drug use in secular and non-Jewish adolescents, these adolescents reported very little family discord or poor relationships with their parents.

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