This exploratory, qualitative study examined risk and protective factors influencing drug and alcohol use and/or resistance of Native youth in the Southwest. Thirty-two Native middle school students participated in 10 focus groups that explored their experiences with alcohol and drugs in their school and reservation communities. The findings indicate a complex interaction of both risk and protective factors related to substance use. Respondents' cousins and siblings, in particular, played a key role in their decisions to use or resist drugs. Implications for social work practice are discussed.
Waller, Margaret A.; Okamoto, Scott K.; Miles, Bart; and Hurdle, Donna E.
"Resiliency Factors Related to Substance Use/Resistance: Perceptions of Native Adolescents of the Southwest,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 30
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol30/iss4/5