Prevention Science

, Volume 20, Issue 7, pp 1114–1124 | Cite as

Mind the Gap: Bridging the Divide Between Current Binge Drinking Prevention and the Needs of Hispanic Underage Emerging Adults

  • Mariya PetrovaEmail author
  • Charles R. MartinezJr
  • Jennifer Jean-Jacques
  • Heather H. McClure
  • Hilda Pantin
  • Guillermo Prado
  • Seth J. Schwartz


In this article, we highlight the urgent public health need for prevention of heavy episodic drinking among underage Hispanic emerging adults in the USA. We outline the current state of binge drinking prevention programming and contrast it with the unique cultural, social, and developmental realities of this population using an ecodevelopmental framework (Szapocznik and Coatsworth 1999). Finally, we advance specific recommendations for the development and delivery of culturally tailored, multisystemic binge drinking prevention programs for underage Hispanic emerging adults.


Hispanic Emerging adult Alcohol Binge drinking Prevention Intervention 


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This was not an empirical study, and no human subjects were recruited.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariya Petrova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Charles R. MartinezJr
    • 2
  • Jennifer Jean-Jacques
    • 1
  • Heather H. McClure
    • 3
  • Hilda Pantin
    • 1
  • Guillermo Prado
    • 1
  • Seth J. Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.University of TexasAustinUSA
  3. 3.University of OregonEugeneUSA

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