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Author Kunitz, Stephen J

Title Drinking careers : a twenty-five-year study of three Navajo populations / Stephen J. Kunitz and Jerrold E. Levy ; with Tracy Andrews [and others]
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1994]


Description 1 online resource (vi, 280 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. A History of Navajo Drinking -- 3. Longitudinal Studies of Alcohol Use -- 4. Alcohol-related Mortality: Changing Period Effects -- 5. Survival Patterns of the Original Study Groups -- 6. Navajo Drinking Careers -- 7. A Family History of Alcohol Use / Tracy Andrews -- 8. Navajo Mortality in Its Regional Context -- 9. Alcohol Treatment and the Bureaucratization of Tradition -- 10. Conclusions -- Appendix A: A Retrospective Diagnosis of Psychoactive Substance Dependence according to DSM-III-R Criteria -- Appendix B: Alcohol Follow-up Questionnaire
Summary In this book, the first long-term follow-up study of alcohol use among Native Americans, a physician and sociologist and an anthropologist examine the data on three groups of Navajos whom they first interviewed about their use of alcohol in 1966. The authors find verification for their initial hypothesis that young men who would have been classed as alcoholic often stop or moderate their drinking as they age. They also find that there is considerable diversity in the patterns of alcohol use among both women and men
Stephen J. Kunitz and Jerrold E. Levy study the histories of those who have died as well as those who have survived since the first study was done. They show that, compared to those who have survived, the former were more likely to have been solitary drinkers and were on average younger at the time when they were first interviewed
The authors also present data for the entire Navajo population on changing mortality from alcohol-related causes from the 1960s to the present; they compare alcohol-related death rates among Navajos to those among rural Anglos in Arizona and New Mexico; they analyze two family histories - one of a family with severe alcohol problems, the other of a family with none - that illustrate how traditional patterns of wealth have shaped the way people have learned to use alcohol; they study the factors that may have led to the emergence of a solitary, unrestrained drinking style among some Navajos; and they describe the changes in treatment programs and the transformation of traditional healing systems as they are integrated into a bureaucratized health care system
Analysis Alcoholic drinks Consumption
New Mexico
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-273) and index
Notes English
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Subject Navajo Indians -- Alcohol use -- Longitudinal studies
Alcoholism -- Southwest, New -- Longitudinal studies
Indians of North America.
Longitudinal method.
Indians, North American
Longitudinal Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Longitudinal method
Indians of North America
Navajo Indians -- Alcohol use
Navajo (volk)
Longitudinaal onderzoek.
Navaho (Indiens) -- Consommation d'alcool -- √Čtudes longitudinales.
Alcoolisme -- Etats-Unis (Nouveau-Sud-Ouest) -- Etudes longitudinales.
Geschichte 1966-1991.
New Mexico
New Southwest
Genre/Form Longitudinal studies
Form Electronic book
Author Levy, Jerrold E., 1930-2002
Andrews, Tracy J.
ISBN 9780300163193