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    What is the cultural influence on substances abuse among adolescents?
    What may be some dimensions of cultural impact among adolescent treatment and prevention of substance abuse?
    What types of cultural groups can adolescents belong to that may influence their attitudes and behavior towards substance use?
    How can the explanatory model of substance abuse, held by clients and their family, impact treatment and prevention practice?
    How can movement from one culture to another affect substance use and abuse?

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    Cultural Influence and Adolescent Substance Abuse

    The teenage years have always been considered that decade of exploration and experimentation - years of rebellion and confusion, marked by physiological, psychological and cognitive changes. The teenage years are the years of adolescence, a transitional stage in human development that bridges childhood to early adulthood. The years of adolescence mark the introduction of teens to social privileges and responsibilities - of driving cars, of being able to obtain, legally, alcoholic beverages for pleasurable consumption, the right to suffrage, the ability to enter intimate and sexual relations, to enter into legal contracts, the ability to and the opportunity to gain important academic qualification, the right to marry, to serve in the armed forces, and so on. In other words, adolescence is that particular set of turbulent years where the choices and events could be mindboggling for their physiological and cultural opportunities, changes and aspects. Dependent upon the society and culture of the teen, the norms on conducting 'an acceptable teen life' can vary. In the US for example, teens generally have the freedom of choice to do as they want, dependent upon the rules of their parents, caregivers and communities (including the agencies that they move in - i.e. schools). But this is not usually the case in other cultures and nations where strict practices are observed to 'prepare the teen' for a respectable adult life (i.e. in India, it is acceptable for parents to arrange for their teens to be married to ensure that they are 'married into' the right families for a better future). With so much going on and so many challenges to hurdle, it ...

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    The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the topic of adolescent substance abuse and the influence of culture on the practice of substance abuse. The questions in the original problem (see above) are explored including an exploration of the application of the explanatory model of substance abuse and its impact n treatment and prevention in practice. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.