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NCJ Number: 229936 Find in a Library
Title: Cohesion and Conflict: Family Influences on Adolescent Alcohol Use in Immigrant Latino Families
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  Volume:8  Issue:4  Dated:October-December 2009  Pages:400-412
Author(s): Flavio F. Marsiglia; Stephen Kulis; Monica Parsai; Paula Villar; Christina Garcia
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
US Dept of Health & Human Services
Atlanta, GA 30341-3742
Grant Number: P20 MD002316;1K01CE000496
Document: TEXT
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines how cohesion and parent-adolescent conflict relate to alcohol use among Mexican-heritage adolescents.
Abstract: The sample consists of 120 adolescents (14 to 18) participants from the Southwest sub-sample of the Latino Acculturation and Health Project. Lifetime and recent alcohol use, and binge-drinking were tested. Results from the logistic regressions identified high and low levels of family cohesion as a risk factor for alcohol use compared to medium levels of cohesion; and parent-child conflict predicted lifetime use and binge drinking. Low and high family cohesion levels appear to be especially problematic among Mexican adolescents who are trying to navigate two different cultural worlds. Although, high cohesion is often a characteristic of Mexican families, Mexican-heritage adolescents may view high family cohesion as a hindrance to their own independence. Unresolved conflict seems to be connected to children's problem behaviors and alcohol misuse could be utilized by youth as a mechanism to reduce emotional distress caused by family tensions. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Alcoholism causes; Cultural influences; Hispanic Americans; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile drug use; Mexico; Parent-Child Relations; Underage Drinking
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