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Impact of Familismo and Ethnic Identity on Latinx College Student Drinking

Researchers examined familismo, ethnic pride, and ethnic shame to determine if these were longitudinal predictors of Latinx college student alcohol use and high-risk alcohol-related consequences. Latinx students completed measures during the fall of their first (T1), second (T2), and fourth (T4) years of college. T1 familismo was positively associated with T2 ethnic pride and negatively associated with T2 ethnic shame. T2 ethnic pride was negatively associated with T4 drinking, while T2 ethnic shame was positively associated with T4 drinking. T4 drinking was positively associated with T4 consequences. Results suggest that Latinx ethnic pride and ethnic shame during the second year of college act as mediators between first-year familismo and fourth-year drinking and consequences.

This paper, “Long-term impact of familismo and ethnic identity on Latinx college student drinking and high-risk consequences,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

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