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Parental Permission to Drink and Perceived Ethnic Discrimination Contribute to Alcohol Use by Latinx College Students

This study addressed the health disparity among Latinx college students by examining the effects of parental permissiveness of underage drinking and perceived ethnic discrimination on drinking outcomes. Latinx students from three large and geographically diverse public universities completed surveys during the fall of their first and second years. Parental permissiveness of underage drinking and perceived ethnic discrimination were assessed as predictors of drinking outcomes. Results suggest that Latinx parents’ permission for their children to drink underage as well as perceived ethnic discrimination combined to be risk factors for peak blood alcohol content (BAC) and alcohol-related consequences. Efforts to address these risk factors in future culturally sensitive parent-based interventions for Latinx college students are warranted.

This paper, “Examining parental permissiveness toward drinking and perceived ethnic discrimination as risk factors for drinking outcomes among Latinx college students,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

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