Prospective Relationships Between Ethnic Discrimination and Substance Use by Mexican-American Adolescents

Monica J. Martin, Kelly B. Bacher, Rand D. Conger, Richard W. Robins

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Abstract

Guided by the integrative model (García Coll et al., 1996), this study examines prospective associations between perceived ethnic discrimination by peers, parental support, and substance use from 7th to 11th grades (Mage = 12.3–16.3 years) in a community sample of 674 Mexican-American adolescents. Results from a cross-lagged panel model indicate that discrimination predicts relative increases in adolescent substance use. Results also revealed a transactional relation between substance use and supportive parenting over time. Supportive parenting was associated with reductions in substance use, but adolescent substance use also predicted lower levels of later parental support. The findings suggest reducing discrimination by peers and supportive parenting as potential targets for intervention in the prevention of substance use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2019-2034
Number of pages16
JournalChild development
Volume90
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

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