Substance Use Among Punjabi-American High School Students in California

Palvinder Kaur Dhillon, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Substance use among adolescents has been a concern for many public health researchers and educators as it affects their health and well-being. Since little research has been previously conducted on Punjabi-Americans this paper examined patterns of substance use among a convenience sample of Punjabi-American high school students in California. Data from a study conducted by the Jakara Movement on a sample of 144 Punjabi-American high school students in California was analyzed for this paper. Acculturation was seen to be significantly associated with substance use and no evidence was seen for the association of substance use among students of different age, grade level, religiosity, educational achievements, education aspirations, and parental education levels. Due to the limitations of this study and the unexplored research among this population, there is a greater need to understand sub-racial populations and the population that community organizations serve.^

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Dhillon, Palvinder Kaur, "Substance Use Among Punjabi-American High School Students in California" (2017). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI10275125.