Alcohol use Exacerbates Acculturative Stress Among Recently Immigrated, Young Adult Latinas

Melissa M. Ertl, Frank R. Dillon, Jessica L. Martin, Rosa Babino, Mario De La Rosa

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Associations between theorized sociocultural factors and acculturative stress were examined among Latina immigrants (aged 18–23 years) during their initial months in the US. Participants’ quantity of alcohol use was hypothesized to be linked with more acculturative stress. Using respondent-driven sampling, 530 Latinas who recently immigrated to Miami-Dade County, Florida, were recruited from community activities, Latino health fairs, advertisements at community agencies, and online postings. A path analysis revealed associations between acculturative stress and more time in the US and greater commitment to ethnic identity. Marianismo gender role beliefs differentially related with acculturative stress. Quantity of alcohol use moderated the positive association between time in US and acculturative stress, such that women in the US for less time who drank more alcohol experienced higher levels of acculturative stress than their peers. Findings suggest quantity of alcohol use may exacerbate acculturative stress during some Latina young adult immigrants’ initial months in the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-602
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturative stress
  • Alcohol use
  • Latina immigrants
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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