Study: Young Latina Immigrants in U.S. Turning to Alcohol to Relieve Culture-Related Stress

Redacción Agencias | 7/12/2017, 5:54 p.m.
Study: Young Latina Immigrants in U.S. Turning to Alcohol to Relieve Culture-Related Stress
The use of alcohol as a coping mechanism for young Latina immigrants to the U.S. may actually increase stress levels, according to a new UAlbany study. | Foto Cortesía


Participants were 530 young adult Latina women between ages 18 and 23 who immigrated to Miami-Dade County, Fla., about 12 months prior to assessment. Seventeen percent were undocumented. Participants identified as Cuban (34 percent), Colombian (11.1), Nicaraguan (7.5), Honduran (6.4), Peruvian (5.7), Mexican (5.1), Venezuelan (4.9), Ecuadorian (3.6), Panamanian (3.6), and Dominican (3.0). Fourteen percent reported being married/cohabiting.

Melissa Ertl

Melissa Ertl is a third-year doctoral student at UAlbany in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology with research interests in health disparities, health risk behaviors, and the intersectionality of identity and health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University Wisconsin - Madison where she was also an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology.

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