Effects of parental alcoholism and life stress on hispanic and non-hispanic caucasian adelescents: A prospective study

Manuel Barrera, Susan A. Li, Laurie Chassin

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Investigated ethnicity and parental alcoholism as factors that might influence the stress vulnerability of adolescents. It extended an initial cross-sectional study of this same sample by adding two annual assessments which allowed for additional cross-sectional analyses and longitudinal tests. Hispanic and Caucasian adolescents (N=306 at Time 1) completed measures of their own life stress, family conflict, and alcohol use. Their parents reported on adolescents' internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Cross-sectional analyses at Time 2, and prospective analyses involving Time 1 and Time 2 measures were, for the most part, consistent with the original study's results. Caucasian adolescents and children of alcoholic parents appeared to be more vulnerable to stress than Hispanic adolescents and children of nonalcoholic parents. Family conflict was a partial explanation for this increased vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-507
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican journal of community psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1995



  • Hispanics
  • adolescents
  • parental alcoholism
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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