Use of a social indicator system to assess alcoholism among Indian people in Minnesota

Joseph Westermeyer

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Abstract

A social indicator system was used to assess alcohol-related problems among American Indian people in Minnesota. Instead of counting "cases," the method involved using "events" that were recorded by various social institutions in the course of their work. The system showed that Indian people commonly encountered alcohol-related "events" that led to death or to social institutions with a poor record of problem resolution (foster homes, jail, prison, welfare agencies). However, they infrequently appeared in psychiatric facilities with alcohol-related "events."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-456
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

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