Latina mother-daughter dyads: Relations between attachment and sexual behavior under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Mario De La Rosa, Frank R. Dillon, Patria Rojas, Seth J. Schwartz, Rui Duan

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Abstract

Associations among mother-daughter attachment, mother and daughter substance abuse, and daughter's sexual behavior under the influence of drugs and alcohol were investigated among 158 adult U.S. Latina daughters. Latina daughters were sampled from four mother-daughter dyad types: substanceabusingmotheranddaughter,substanceabusing mother only, substance abusing daughter only, and nonsubstance-abusing mother and daughter. Substance abusing daughters with substance abusing mothers, and daughters who were less strongly attached to their mothers, reported more sex under theinfluenceofdrugs. Age,marital status, substance abuse, and mother's substance abuse all influenced the daughter'ssexundertheinfluenceofalcohol.Anunexpectedpositive association between attachment and sex under the influence of alcohol was found for daughters who were more closely attached to a substance abusing mother. Implications for future research, and HIV/AIDS and drug prevention and treatment programs for Latinas are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1305-1319
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Alcohol and drug intoxication
  • HIV risk behaviors
  • Latinas
  • Mother-daughter attachment
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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