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Sociopolitical control as a mediator between ethnic identity and social support on 30-day drug use among Black girls
Abstract

While Black girls have lower rates of drug use, they face worse health and wellbeing consequences associated with drug use. Understanding which strengths-based factors serve as buffers to limit adverse outcomes related to drug use among Black girls is essential for prevention. This study investigated the mediating role of sociopolitical control on drug use among Black girls (n = 340). Using path analysis, models were tested to include the variables of interest. Sociopolitical control (e.g. leadership competency and policy control) significantly mediated the relationship between ethnic identity and social support on drug use. Implications from this study may consider bolstering empowerment-based strategies in drug use prevention for Black girls.

Full citation:
Opara I, Hill AV, Calhoun A, Francois M, Alves C, Garcia-Reid P, Reid RJ. (2021).
Sociopolitical control as a mediator between ethnic identity and social support on 30-day drug use among Black girls
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse [Epub 2021 Sep 17]. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2021.1975007.