Race-ethnicity and Prescription Drug Misuse: Does Self-esteem Matter?Clifford L Broman1*, Paula K Miller1 and Emmanue1 Jackson2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Clifford L Broman
Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48223, Chicago, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 09, 2015 Accepted Date: August 28, 2015 Published:September 03, 2015
Citation: Broman CL, Miller PK, Jackson E (2015) Race-ethnicity and Prescription Drug Misuse: Does Self-esteem Matter?. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:239. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000239
Copyright: © 2015 Broman CL, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The research here investigates race-ethnicity and self-esteem in the misuse of prescription drugs. While there has been much research into the demographic factors that predict prescription drug misuse (PDM), we lack a full accounting of psychosocial factors of possible importance in influencing patterns of race-ethnicity and PDM. One possible influence is self-esteem. We use data from the National Longitudinal Survey on Adolescent Health to investigate race-ethnicity, PDM and self-esteem. Findings indicate first that race-ethnicity is significant for PDM. Secondly, results indicate that self-esteem is important in understanding patterns of prescription drug misuse among young adults, but only among whites.