The Role of Culture in Thriving and Risk Behavior in Hispanic Adolescents

Project: Research project

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Description

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Theory has posited that discrepancies in acculturation between Hispanic adolescents and their parents are associated with conduct problems, drug/alcohol use, and sexual risk taking. These discrepancies may also be associated with compromised levels of positive development. These effects are assumed to occur via poor family functioning. However, empirical tests of the differential acculturation hypothesis have yielded inconsistent results. The proposed study will use a multidimensional model of acculturation - including behaviors, values, and identifications - and will use state-of-the-art latent variable methods to examine parent-adolescent discrepancies in acculturation and their effects on behavioral outcomes through family functioning. 300 Hispanic adolescents and their primary parents will be randomly selected from six public high schools in Miami and from six public high schools in Los Angeles. Adolescents and parents will be assessed twice per year between 9th and 12th grade. Parents and adolescents will complete measures of Hispanic and American cultural behaviors, values, and identifications; family functioning; and adolescent behavior. Adolescents will report on their drug use, sexual behavior, and indices of thriving (prosocial behavior, school grades, and positive attitudes and traits). The results will inform theory regarding the extent to which discrepancies in acculturation lead to compromised family functioning in Hispanic families, and the extent to which these problems in family functioning are associated with conduct problems, drug/alcohol use, sexual risk taking, and impaired thriving. The results will also be important regarding the need to incorporate cultural concerns into efforts to prevent problems and to promote positive development in Hispanic adolescents and families.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2/15/0911/30/15

Funding

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $23,842.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $642,387.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $36,720.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $730,593.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $31,646.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $634,489.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $695,207.00

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