Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 1986–2004 | Cite as

The Impact of Religious Coping on the Acculturative Stress and Alcohol Use of Recent Latino Immigrants

  • Mariana Sanchez
  • Frank R. Dillon
  • Maritza Concha
  • Mario De La Rosa
Original Paper


Religion plays a prominent role in Latino culture and could be influential during difficult life transitions, such as those experienced during the immigration process. This study examines relations between religious coping, acculturative stress, and alcohol use in a sample of 415 recent Latino immigrants. Higher levels of acculturative stress were associated more positive and negative religious coping. Positive religious coping was related to lower alcohol use. Negative religious coping moderated the relationship between acculturative stress and alcohol use. Participants who used more negative religious coping had higher rates of alcohol use when experiencing high levels acculturative stress. Implications for culturally tailored prevention/interventions are discussed.


Acculturation Latinos Immigration Religious coping Alcohol use 



This study was supported by award number P20MD002288 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the National Institute Drug Abuse (NIDA), award number 1F31 DA029400-01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Sanchez
    • 1
  • Frank R. Dillon
    • 1
  • Maritza Concha
    • 2
  • Mario De La Rosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA)Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Covian Consulting Inc.OrlandoUSA

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