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NCJ Number: 190027 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol Use Among Hispanic Adolescents: Role of Linguistic Acculturation and Gender
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:45  Issue:3  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:18-32
Author(s): Jennifer A. Epstein; Gilbert J. Botvin; Tracy Diaz
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: 1 R21 AA11434
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effects of linguistic acculturation (language spoken with friends and parents) and gender on alcohol use among Hispanic adolescents.
Abstract: Six and seventh graders in 22 New York City schools participated in the study. Hispanic students completed self-report questionnaires at two assessments (n=1,295 at baseline; n=1,034 at 1 year follow-up). The questionnaire included items related to alcohol use and linguistic acculturation. Language spoken with friends was related to alcohol initiation and the amount consumed at both assessments and drunkenness at the 1-year follow-up. Specifically, a greater proportion of bilingual adolescents engaged in drinking than more acculturated adolescents. These relationships were found for alcohol initiation for boys and girls at both assessments and alcohol consumed for boys at baseline and for girls at the 1-year follow-up. Language spoken with parents was related to alcohol initiation and drunkenness at the 1-year follow-up. A higher proportion of bilingual students tried alcohol and had been drunk than less acculturated students. Within gender, these relationships were found only for boys. Consequently, bilingual Hispanic youth apparently were at greater risk of alcohol use and drunkenness. 2 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Cultural influences; Gender issues; Hispanic Americans; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug use; Male female juvenile offender comparisons
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