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Dosage-Related Changes in a Culturally-Responsive Prevention Program for Asian American Youth

The growing recogruuon of the need for culturally-responsive programs in the treatment and prevention of alcohol and other drug (ADD) abuse has led to a substantial increase of ethnically-specific interventions in ethnic minority communities (Bolek, Debro & Trimble, 1992; Catalano ct aI., 1993; Orlandi, 1992; Zane & Huh-Kim, 1994; Zane, Park, and Aoki, in press). As with other ethnic minorities, efforts to impact the Asian American communities have focused on creating programs with culturally-sensitive aspects that purported ly increase the effectiveness of the programs for this particular population (Kim, McLeod, & Shantzis, 1992; Zane & Huh-Kim, 1994). However, there has been a lack of empirical evidence on just how capable these programs are in effecting change in the particular communities for which they were designed; research has yet to show what specific aspects of these programs make them "culturally responsive" for Asian Americans. Studies are needed to not only test the

effectiveness of these programs, but this research would also provide the empirical base for systematically developing more culturally competent interventions. Therefore, the evaluations of such programs must investigate both the changes that occur to participants as well as the features of the intervention that are associated with those changes (Catalano et al.; Yen, 1992).