The Impact of Religious Coping on the Acculturative Stress and Alcohol Use of Recent Latino Immigrants

Mariana Sanchez, Frank Dillon, Maritza Concha, Mario De La Rosa

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Abstract

Religion plays a prominent role in Latino culture and could be influential during difficult life transitions, such as those experienced during the immigration process. This study examines relations between religious coping, acculturative stress, and alcohol use in a sample of 415 recent Latino immigrants. Higher levels of acculturative stress were associated more positive and negative religious coping. Positive religious coping was related to lower alcohol use. Negative religious coping moderated the relationship between acculturative stress and alcohol use. Participants who used more negative religious coping had higher rates of alcohol use when experiencing high levels acculturative stress. Implications for culturally tailored prevention/interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1986-2004
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 29 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Alcohol use
  • Immigration
  • Latinos
  • Religious coping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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