Traditions and Alcohol Use: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

Felipe González Castro, Kathryn Coe

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    An integrative mixed-methods analysis examined traditional beliefs as associated with beliefs about self-care during pregnancy and with alcohol abstinence among young adult women from two rural U.S.-Mexico border communities. Quantitative (measured scale) variables and qualitative thematic variables generated from open-ended responses served as within-time predictors of these health-related outcomes. A weaker belief that life is better in big cities was associated with stronger self-care beliefs during pregnancy. Also, a weaker belief that small towns offer tranquil environments was associated with total abstinence from alcohol. Regarding the Hispanic Paradox, these results suggest that a critical appreciation of cultural traditions can be protective, as this avoids stereotypical or idyllic views of urban or rural lifeways, and promotes self-protective beliefs and behaviors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)269-284
    Number of pages16
    JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 2007


    • Hispanic paradox
    • alcohol use
    • family traditions
    • mixed methods
    • rural lifestyle

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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