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Alcohol And Drug Abuse By Migrant Farmworkers: Past Research And Future Priorities

Author: Watson, James
Date Published: 1997

The purpose of this report is to review the literature on substance abuse in migrant populations. It begins with a description of migrant farm labor patterns in the United States. The second section is a review of past research, specifically the two extant empirically based studies of migrant alcohol use. The third section describes changes in the migrant population and their use of drugs and alcohol. Following from this, Hispanic/Chicano cultural norms of appropriate alcohol consumption are reviewed. Then there is a discussion of the relationship between HIV and AIDS and migrant farmworker alcohol and drug use. The report concludes with suggestions for further research on migrant farmworker substance abuse as well as suggesting policy implications that are relevant to improving the health and living conditions of farmworkers.

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Number of Pages: 16