Post-immigration Changes in Social Capital and Substance Use Among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida: Differences by Documentation Status

E. Cyrus, M. J. Trepka, Mariano Kanamori, E. Gollub, K. Fennie, T. Li, A. N. Albatineh, M. De La Rosa

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Changing social capital among recent Latino immigrants (RLIs) influences substance use post-immigration. This was a longitudinal study of 476 South/Central American RLIs examining social capital and substance use changes pre to post-immigration. Self-reported measures of social capital and substance use were compared between surveys administered within 1 year of immigration and 2 years post-immigration. Post-immigration, social capital, hazardous drinking and illicit drug use decreased. Women were less likely to engage in hazardous drinking [adjusted odds ratio (AOR).32, p < .001], and less likely to use illicit drugs (AOR.67, p = .01). Documented individuals with higher levels of ‘business’ social capital had increased odds of illicit drug use (AOR 2.20, p < .05). Undocumented individuals with higher levels of ‘friend and others’ social capital had decreased risk for hazardous drinking and illicit drug use (AOR.55, p < .01; AOR.56, p < .05). Documentation status moderated the relationship between social capital and substance use. RLIs can be targeted for primary prevention of substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1697-1704
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 19 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Documentation status
  • Immigrants
  • Social capital
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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