Traditions and alcohol use: a mixed-methods analysis.


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.

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@article{Castro2007TraditionsAA, title={Traditions and alcohol use: a mixed-methods analysis.}, author={Felipe Gonz{\'a}lez Castro and Kathryn Coe}, journal={Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology}, year={2007}, volume={13 4}, pages={269-84} }