Special Issue "Substance Use among Minoritized Populations in the COVID-19 Era"

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jennifer B. Unger
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Guest Editor
Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628, USA
Interests: psychological; social; cultural influences on health-risk and health-protective behaviors in diverse populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Minoritized populations are groups that are stigmatized or marginalized based on their racial, ethnic, or indigenous identity; immigrant status; sexual or gender identity; religious affiliation; socioeconomic status; physical or mental health status; neurodiversity; or other characteristics.  These groups often experience stressors that can increase their risk for involvement in health-compromising behaviors such as substance use.  Substance use, in turn, can exacerbate health, educational, and socioeconomic disparities.  In the era of COVID-19, minoritized populations have experienced additional stressors that could increase their risk for substance use and its adverse consequences even further.  The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health invites manuscripts for a special issue on Substance Use Among Minoritized Populations in the COVID-19 Era.  This issue will focus on substance use among minoritized populations before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will document the experiences of diverse populations during this health crisis and the short-term and long-term effects on substance use disparities.

Prof. Dr. Jennifer B. Unger
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • adolescence
  • substance use
  • tobacco
  • alcohol
  • marijuana
  • cannabis
  • disparity
  • minority

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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