Alcohol and cigarette use and misuse among hurricane Katrina survivors: Psychosocial risk and protective factors

Kate Flory, Benjamin L. Hankin, Bret Kloos, Catherine Cheely, Gustavo Turecki

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Abstract

The present study examined survivors' use and misuse of cigarettes and alcohol following Hurricane Katrina. We also examined several psychosocial factors that we expected would be associated with higher or lower rates of substance use following the hurricane. Participants were 209 adult survivors of Hurricane Katrina interviewed in Columbia, SC or New Orleans, LA between October 31, 2005 and May 13, 2006. Results revealed that survivors were smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, and experiencing alcohol consumption-related problems at a substantially higher rate than expected based on pre-hurricane prevalence data. Results also suggested that certain psychosocial factors were associated with participants' substance use and misuse following the hurricane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1711-1724
Number of pages14
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume44
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarette
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Misuse
  • Protective factors
  • Risk factors
  • Use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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