• Walker, Roger (Dale) (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The American Indian Research Group in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of
Washington School of Medicine proposes to investigate the
development of urban American Indian adolescent alcohol and
drug use/abuse, and to identify new knowledge useful in
developing prevention interventions with problem drinking and
drug abusing American Indian youth. This prospective,
longitudinal cohort design with multiple assessments across years
is comprised of 350 urban American Indian adolescents and their
mothers or primary caretakers drawn from a total population of
600. Data also will be collected from two additional cross-
sectional samples, each comprised of 100 sixth and ninth grade
subjects and their mothers. During a five year period, we will
assess the antecedents and consequences to alcohol and drug use
by collecting data in the following nine domains (areas of research
interest): alcohol use, drug use, sociodemographic history,
neuropsychological screening, school-academic, internalization,
externalization, family and peer environment, and family history
of alcohol use. Specifically, the project's aims are: 1) To
describe the prevalence and change over time of alcohol use, drug
use, and problem drinking behaviors; 2) To investigate the
processes of substance initiation and problem drinking onset by
identifying the risk and protective variables that promote or
inhibit initiation and abuse; 3) To develop a screening battery for
early identification of alcohol and drug abusing urban American
Indian adolescents; and 4) To continue to disseminate clinically
relevant information to health care providers within American
Indian, academic, and social service systems. The proposed
project represents our next step in the scientific study of
American Indian alcohol and drug abuse from a perspective that
remains relevant to the clinical concerns of Indians while relying
upon Indian participation through all phases of the project. The
knowledge to be gained from the project is vital to the
development of services which can reduce the prevalence of
alcohol and drug abuse among American Indians, the ethnic group
in America at greatest risk for alcoholism and drug abuse. This
project initiates a long term study of the natural history of
alcohol and drug use within an urban American Indian population.
Effective start/end date8/1/871/31/00


  • National Institutes of Health: $560,672.00


  • Medicine(all)


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