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Emotion regulation and alcohol abuse in second-generation immigrant adolescents: The protective role of cognitive reappraisal.

Authors
  • Laghi, Fiorenzo1
  • Bianchi, Dora1
  • Lonigro, Antonia1
  • Pompili, Sara1
  • Baiocco, Roberto1
  • 1 Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Volume
26
Issue
4
Pages
513–524
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318820715
PMID: 30599787
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The individual predictors of drinking behaviors among second-generation immigrant adolescents are still understudied. This study investigated emotion regulation strategies and alcohol abuse in 472 adolescents (86 second-generation immigrants and 386 Italian natives; age range: 17-18). The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire and the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test were used to assess cognitive reappraisal, emotional suppression, and alcohol abuse, respectively. Immigrants reported lower alcohol abuse than natives. A negative relationship between cognitive reappraisal and alcohol abuse was found for immigrants, but not for natives. Specifically, cognitive reappraisal was a protective factor against alcohol abuse only for immigrant adolescents. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

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