What is it about?

Advances to understanding how to address early adult substance use have been significant over the last 30 years, but certain minoritized demographic groups have left behind. Several strategies are proposed for enhancing diverse inclusion in the research. Additionally, a focus on intersectionality as a research priority is recommended. The intent of the paper is to challenge researchers to mindfully study all early adults, especially those who have been neglected over the last 30 years.

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Why is it important?

Research for many years has acknowledged its limitations due to non-diverse samples and methods, often doing so with caveats to the limits of generalizability. It would be much more constructive to advancing science to design studies such that those caveats about the lack of diversity are no longer needed.


Research conducted with caveats about the lack of representation of diverse demographic groups is not helpful for understanding and addressing disparities in health services. Transparently discussing the methods for how research studies advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in publications would be extremely helpful to assess their overall public health significance. Such an expectation might prompt greater consideration during study design for how to prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion in the research study, thus reducing the need for unhelpful caveats and invisibility of certain peoples in research.

Art Blume
Washington State University

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This page is a summary of: Back to the basics and fast forward to multiculturalism., Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, July 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/adb0000864.
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