Intergenerational Individuation and Alcohol Use Among Mexican American Adolescents
Excessive alcohol use among adolescents has been a subject of concern throughout the United States for decades. Specifically, a growing interest to evaluate the alcohol use among adolescent immigrants has surfaced, as the population is growing through immigration. The Mexican American community is the largest immigrant population in the United States. The study investigates the unique effects of intergenerational individuation, stress, and peer alcohol use on adolescent alcohol use for Mexican American youth. Additionally, whether these findings are consistent across nativity is also investigated. Results show that intergenerational individuation is not related with Mexican American adolescent alcohol use after accounting for stress and peer alcohol use. There were no differences across each generation represented. Limitations and future directions are discussed.