Pathways from acculturation stress to substance use among latino adolescents

Rachel Lee Buchanan, Paul Richard Smokowski

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The purpose of this study was to examine the link between acculturation stress and substance use among Latino adolescents. In-home interviews were completed with the participants at four time-points between 2005 and 2007. Path analysis was completed using longitudinal data from 286 Latino adolescents living in North Carolina and Arizona (65% foreign-born). Results indicate that acculturation stress influences family and friend relationships, which in turn affect adolescent mental health problems, and finally, substance use. Key mediators in the pathway from acculturation stress to substance use were parent-adolescent conflict, internalizing, and externalizing problems. Implications for practice and research have been discussed here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-762
Number of pages23
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Acculturation stress
  • Adolescent
  • Family relationships
  • Friends
  • Latino
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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