About a year and a half ago we noted a survey being conducted by Summi Kaipa, a doctoral student in psychology, on drug use among Indian Americans. She was looking for participants, and sent us the following note:
Summi recently sent us another brief note, with her conclusion on which Indians are more or less likely to become substance abusers. Interestingly, those who are more religious are found to be less prone to drugs or alcohol:
The results suggest that the level of acculturation to American norms among Asian Indians is most influential in affecting their use of drugs and alcohol. Not surprisingly, increased religiosity and education were associated with decreased consumption of substances. Interestingly, neither length of residence in the United States, gender, a positive relationship to one's ethnic identity, nor the stress in acculturating were significantly correlated with increased or decreased substance use behaviors.