Relating a social influence model to the role of acculturation in substance use among Latino adolescents

Scott C. Carvajal, Joanna R. Photiades, Richard I. Evans, Susan G. Nash

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Abstract

This study examined determinants of substance use derived from the theory of planned behavior as influenced by acculturation. Latino adolescents (n = 448) completed measures of attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions toward substance use, and 2 acculturation components. The degree to which Latino adolescents were exposed to as well as use Spanish was unrelated to determinants of future substance use, whereas the degree to which they interact with non-Latino peers exerted a protective effect regarding future substance use. However, both acculturation components influenced the extent social influence determinants predicted future substance use. Intervention strategies may need to consider acculturation in order to effectively direct resources toward those psychosocial determinants of substance use of greatest relevance to Latino populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1617-1628
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume27
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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