OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

Date: September 2017

OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

In September 2017, Katie Gelman, DrPH, MPH, presented at the Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) conference on the role of ethnic identity in the development of marijuana use among American Indian adolescents. Katie’s research has included testing the measurement characteristics of an ethnic identity construct over a two-year period during early adolescence to understand how this complex construct may shift during a period of rapid developmental change. Katie also discussed findings related to testing the ethnic identity construct as a protective factor influencing emergent marijuana use. Findings from growth mixture model analyses suggested that while ethnic identity showed null effects, culturally-based community activities had a strong protective effect against risky marijuana use, as did prosocial peer relationships. For more information on the NCRE conference, click here.
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