A cultural and social cognitive model of differences in acculturation orientations, alcohol expectancies, and alcohol-related risk behaviors among hispanic college students

Sabrina E. Des Rosiers, Seth J Schwartz, Byron L. Zamboanga, Lindsay S. Ham, Shi Huang

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Objectives: The present study used a cultural and social cognitive conceptual framework to investigate whether alcohol expectancies and valuations would mediate the associations between specific acculturation orientations and alcohol-related risk behaviors. Design: The sample comprised 1,527 Hispanic students attending colleges and universities in diverse regions of the United States. Respondents completed self-report measures of Hispanic and American cultural practices; alcohol expectancies and valuations; and self-reported frequency of hazardous alcohol use, binge drinking, sexual activity under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, and riding with a drunk driver. Latent class analysis was used to classify participants into acculturation orientations. Results: Results indicated that acculturation orientations were differentially associated with alcohol-related risk outcomes, with separated bicultural and low bicultural orientations inversely related to all of the alcohol-related risk behaviors except for riding with a drunk driver. Negative expectancy valuations were positively associated with endorsement of binge drinking and drunk driving and negative expectancies were negatively associated with binge drinking, drunk driving, and riding with a drunk driver. With the exception of sexual activity under the influence of alcohol, the associations between acculturation orientations and alcohol-related risk behaviors were partially mediated by positive alcohol expectancies. Conclusions: Our findings provided relevant data that are informative for preventing alcohol and related risk behaviors among Hispanic college students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-340
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013



  • Acculturation
  • Alcohol expectancies
  • Alcohol-related problems
  • Hazardous alcohol use
  • Hispanic college students

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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