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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Abstract

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
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 19 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Emigration and Immigration
Hispanic Americans
Documentation
Street Drugs
Drinking
Odds Ratio
Primary Prevention
Social Capital
Substance-Related Disorders
Longitudinal Studies

Keywords

  • Documentation status
  • Immigrants
  • Social capital
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Post-immigration Changes in Social Capital and Substance Use Among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida : Differences by Documentation Status. / Cyrus, E.; Trepka, M. J.; Kanamori, Mariano; Gollub, E.; Fennie, K.; Li, T.; Albatineh, A. N.; De La Rosa, M.

In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Vol. 17, No. 6, 19.03.2015, p. 1697-1704.

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Cyrus, E. ; Trepka, M. J. ; Kanamori, Mariano ; Gollub, E. ; Fennie, K. ; Li, T. ; Albatineh, A. N. ; De La Rosa, M. / Post-immigration Changes in Social Capital and Substance Use Among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida : Differences by Documentation Status. In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2015 ; Vol. 17, No. 6. pp. 1697-1704.
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