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J Relig Health. 2015 Dec;54(6):1986-2004. doi: 10.1007/s10943-014-9883-6.

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

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1
Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, PCA 360C, Miami, FL, 33199, USA. msanc062@fiu.edu.
2
Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, PCA 360C, Miami, FL, 33199, USA.
3
Covian Consulting Inc., Orlando, FL, USA.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Acculturation; Alcohol use; Immigration; Latinos; Religious coping

PMID:
24859922
PMCID:
PMC4244280
DOI:
10.1007/s10943-014-9883-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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