Traditions and Alcohol Use: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

Felipe Castro, Kathryn Coe

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Abstract

An integrative mixed-methods analysis examined traditional beliefs as associated with beliefs about self-care during pregnancy and with alcohol abstinence among young adult women from two rural U.S.-Mexico border communities. Quantitative (measured scale) variables and qualitative thematic variables generated from open-ended responses served as within-time predictors of these health-related outcomes. A weaker belief that life is better in big cities was associated with stronger self-care beliefs during pregnancy. Also, a weaker belief that small towns offer tranquil environments was associated with total abstinence from alcohol. Regarding the Hispanic Paradox, these results suggest that a critical appreciation of cultural traditions can be protective, as this avoids stereotypical or idyllic views of urban or rural lifeways, and promotes self-protective beliefs and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-284
Number of pages16
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Hispanic paradox
  • alcohol use
  • family traditions
  • mixed methods
  • rural lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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