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Marijuana and Gender Differences in African Americans

About the Course:

This course examines depression and racism as it pertains to African American adolescents and marijuana Two studies were completed and two papers written by the same authors. Links were found in both studies based on gender.

This course is based on the articles, Marijuana Use and DepressiveSymptoms; Gender Differences in African American Adolescents and Perceived Racial Discrimination andMarijuana Use a Decade Later;Gender Differences Among Black Youth created by Shervin Assari, MD, MPH et al. in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Publication Date:

November 16, 2018 and March 22, 2019

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Shervin Assari, MD, MPH
Dr. Shervin Assari is a research assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He also holds affiliation with the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH) at the School of Public Health. His interest is in the intersection of community mental health and social epidemiology, with a major focus on the effects of race, ethnicity, gender, and place in changing causes and consequences of health. Dr. Assari has published more than 50 papers on race and health.
Ritesh Mistry, PhD
Dr. Mistry received his PhD from the UCLA School of Public Health and completed his post-doctoral training at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor in The University of Michigan, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. He has conducted studies in the U.S. and internationally in areas of tobacco use, physical activity, food choice, and health care utilization.
Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, PhD
Dr. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) at the Institute for Social Research and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. As a social psychologist with expertise in psychosocial and environmental factors influencing the health and well-being of Black populations, her research includes both intervention and basic research involving survey research techniques with adults, adolescents and families. She also has expertise in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR), developing academic-community partnerships to design and evaluate health interventions for Black youth and their family. She has published in a number of areas including the influence of social relationships and social identities on the health and well-being of Black adolescents, the role of paternal support, racial discrimination, and racial identity attitudes as risk or protective factors for adolescent risky behaviors and fatherhood as a context for understanding men's health.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at the beginning level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Acknowledge MUD is a problem among African American adolescents.
  2. Identify links based on gender and racism.
  3. Summarize risk and protective factors.

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Course Number 102722
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