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Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations

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Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations HANDBOOK: The Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations is a compendium of guidelines for conducting drug abuse research with Hispanic populations. It is aimed at graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and other researchers interested in the topic. The text represents many voices—those of countless researchers in the field—but the message is cohesive. The recommendations are straightforward and culturally sensitive; they have been tested in the field and shown to be effective. Six chapters make up the Handbook: Chapter 1 is a compilation of demographic and cultural material summarizing the diversity within the Hispanic population in the United States, and a discussion of drug abuse as it relates to U.S. Hispanics; Chapter 2 discusses how to set the stage for conducting drug abuse research within the Hispanic community; Chapter 3 focuses on recruiting Hispanic study participants; Chapter 4 considers the development of study instruments and collection of data; Chapter 5's emphasis is on participant retention and followup; and Chapter 6 discusses returning something to the community once the study is completed.

CD-ROM: A Computer-Based Instructional System (CBIS) CD-ROM accompanies the Handbook. The CBIS is an interactive teaching/learning system that, in addition to presenting the Handbook text, contains a variety of graphics, sounds, and photographs that repeat, reinforce, extend, and support the text.

AUTHORS: The Handbook's authors are Robert C. Freeman, Ph.D., NOVA Research Company; Yvonne P. Lewis, M.S., NOVA Research Company; and Héctor Manuel Colón, Ph.D., Centro de Estudios en Addicion, Edificio Hospital Regional de Bayamo. Chapter revisers are María Félix-Ortiz, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles (Chapter 2); Kurt C. Organista, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Chapter 3); Juana Mora, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge (Chapter 5); and Rebeca Ramos, M.P.H., U.S.-Mexico Border Health Association (Chapter 6).

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Hispanics in the United States: An Overview for the Drug Abuse Researcher
Setting the Stage for the Research
Recruitment of Hispanic Research Participants
Instrumentation, Data Collection, and Analysis Issues
Retention and Followup of Hispanic Research Participants
Technology Transfer of Research Programs to the Hispanic Community
Appendix A: Generally Useful Referral Sites for the Drug Abuse Researcher
Appendix B: Acculturation Scales
Appendix C: Sample Informed Consent Form
Appendix D: Locator Form
Appendix E: Advanced Tracking Strategies
Appendix F: Script: Responding to Participant Concerns Over the Telephone


"The authors have assembled a practical handbook that will be of great value for those who wish to conduct drug use research with Hispanic populations. A major strength is the fact that, unlike many projects, the effort to create this Handbook was a collective one and represents many diverse voices. What, specifically, did I like about this book? First, the information is of high quality, coming as it does from those with the greatest expertise in this field. The book is comprehensive and covers all the topics relevant to conducting research, including recruitment, instrumentation and analysis issues, and retention. The chapter on technology transfer is an unexpected plus! It is very clearly written, and the structure of the chapters, with summaries and 'Points in Brief' makes the Handbook very user friendly. The guidelines provided by this book will be extremely helpful to the novice researcher, but the seasoned Principal Investigator may also benefit from having a reference such as this on the bookshelf."

Stephanie Tortu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

"The book was a pleasure to read. I found it to be a comprehensive, user-friendly resource for drug abuse researchers in the beginning stages of their professional development or for those who are new to drug abuse research with Latino populations. Indeed, I found that the information within it could be quite useful to researchers investigating other issues among Latino populations. I will utilize it as a resource in my own work and recommend it to my students."

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Utah State University

"The Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations is an excellent resource tool for a wide variety of groups interested in knowing and impacting the drug abuse problem among Hispanics. It is conceptually well-organized and comprehensive, beginning with a discussion of Hispanics in the United States and concluding with bridging the gap from research to the community. The chapters are designed in a very nice and easy to follow format, starting with a list of what is to be presented, followed by the actual discussion and ending with a summary of what was just reviewed. The book is replete with examples that aid in bringing the subject matter to a level of common sense reality. The book, in fact, could be summarized as a realistic and basic model designed to facilitate understanding of interventions with Hispanic drug abusing populations. The addition of a CD-ROM for the Handbook only adds to its appeal. I heartily recommend this publication for community-based organizations, as well as university-based researchers."

Robert E. Booth, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Department of Psychiatry
Division of Substance Dependence
Project Safe

"The companion CD-ROM to the Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations is a valuable resource for graduate students, social science researchers and teaching faculty. The CD-ROM instruction system is comprehensive and current. It provides an excellent description of the various Latino populations in the U.S. and the historical, racial, political, migration, identity and cultural differences and similarities across all groups. All of this is provided to set the stage for addressing important issues in drug abuse research with Hispanics, such as participant recruitment, instrument development and data collection. In addition, the CD-ROM and Handbook provide important insights into how to understand gender and acculturation in the development of meaningful drug abuse research with Hispanic populations. The panel of expert researchers who contributed to the development of this CD-ROM and Handbook provide cutting edge research knowledge and case examples in a highly readable format."

Juana Mora, Ph.D.
Professor and Drug Abuse Researcher
California State University, Northridge

"The Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations provides an excellent guide for researchers who are new to the field of drug abuse research on Hispanic-American populations. It offers a very comprehensive overview of how to design research that is relevant, sensitive and responsive to ethnic diversity among Hispanic-Americans. The Handbook is an outstanding supplemental text for graduate level research methods courses since it systematically walks the reader through the nuances of conducting field-based substance abuse research."

Norweeta G. Milburn, Ph.D.
Director, Assessment Core
Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services
UCLA-NPI Center for Community Health

"The Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research with Hispanic Populations constitutes an important addition to the library of any researcher conducting, or contemplating the conduct of research involving Hispanic populations. While the authors modestly suggest that their volume is appropriate for use by "graduate students and new Ph.D.s," the Handbook is, in fact, a resource volume that can be recommended even to the attention of investigators with long experience in research. The Handbook is unique in its blending of both an exhaustive review of the relevant literature and the personal experiences of investigators working with Hispanic populations revealed through the authors' frequent and creative use of those investigators' personal communications. This combination provides the reader with guidelines for conducting effective study based on both the written and unwritten information available from the research community. While targeted to issues in AIDS research, the materials contained in the Handbook are useful to investigators concerned with understanding issues in the recruitment, testing and follow-up of Hispanic samples. The authors are to be congratulated for having produced a highly readable volume that provides important and highly practical information without sacrificing scholarship. Any researcher working with, or planning on working with, Hispanic populations would be well advised to consult this volume."

Barry S. Brown, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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