Blood is thicker than booze: Examining the role of familism and gender in alcohol use and related consequences among Hispanic college students



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Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse


The present study evaluated cultural, ethnic, and gender differences in drinking and alcohol-related problems among Hispanic students. Familism protects against negative outcomes in Hispanic populations, thus we expected familism to buffer against alcohol problems. Participants (N =623; 53% female) completed a battery of measures. Results suggested that familism was protective against drinking. Furthermore, alcohol use mediated the association between familism and alcohol-related problems. In sum, understanding that culture plays an important role in people’s behaviors and identifying protective factors is critical to inform culturally sensitive prevention and intervention efforts.



Alcohol use, Alcohol use, Culture, Drinking, Hispanics


Copyright 2016 Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: DiBello, Angelo M., Rubi Gonzales, Chelsie M. Young, Lindsey M. Rodriguez, and Clayton Neighbors. "Blood is Thicker Than Booze: Examining The Role of Familism and Gender in Alcohol Use and Related Consequences Among Hispanic College Students." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 15, no. 3 (2016): 310-324. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2015.1044684. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.