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

J Relig Health. 2015 Dec;54(6):1986-2004. doi: 10.1007/s10943-014-9883-6.


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.

Keywords: Acculturation; Alcohol use; Immigration; Latinos; Religious coping.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • United States
  • Young Adult