Alcohol misuse among recent Latino immigrants: The protective role of preimmigration familismo: Bulletin of the society of psychologists in addictive behaviors: Bulletin of the society of psychologists in substance abuse

Frank R. Dillon, Mario De La Rosa, Francisco Sastre, Gladys Ibañez

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Scopus citations

Abstract

Familismo in the Latino culture is a value hallmarked by close relations with nuclear and extended family members throughout the life span, with pronounced levels of loyalty, reciprocity, and solidarity. Familismo is posited as health protective against alcohol misuse among Latinos in the United States. This study examines the relative influence of pre-and postimmigration familismo on alcohol use behaviors among recent Latino immigrants while accounting for myriad sociocultural factors (gender, age, documentation status, education, income, marital status, presence of family members in the United States, primary language used in the community, English language proficiency, and time in the United States). Participants included 405 young adults, aged 18 to 34 years, who were primarily of Cuban (50%), Columbian (19%), and Central American (15%) descent. Retrospective assessment of preimmigration familismo occurred during participants' first 12 months in the United States. Follow-up assessment of alcohol use behaviors occurred during participants' second year in the United States. Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) path modeling was used to test study hypotheses. Inverse associations were determined between preimmigration familismo and alcohol use quantity and harmful/hazardous alcohol use. Men and participants who reported more proficiency in English, and those living in neighborhoods where English is predominantly spoken, indicated more alcohol use quantity and harmful/hazardous alcohol use. By considering both pre-and postimmigration determinants of alcohol use, findings offer a fuller contextual understanding of the lives of Latino young adult immigrants. Results support the importance of lifelong familismo as a buffer against alcohol misuse in young adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-965
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • agnoist pharmacotherapy
  • contingency management
  • opioid dependence
  • substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Alcohol misuse among recent Latino immigrants: The protective role of preimmigration familismo: Bulletin of the society of psychologists in addictive behaviors: Bulletin of the society of psychologists in substance abuse'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this