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Traditional gender roles and alcohol use among Latinas/os: A review of the literature.

Authors
  • Perrotte, Jessica K1
  • Zamboanga, Byron L2
  • 1 University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2 Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
20
Issue
1
Pages
151–168
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2019.1579142
PMID: 30907264
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Research indicates alcohol use among Latinas/os occurs within a gendered context. Scholars surmise this is due to traditional gender roles (TGRs) of Latina/o culture, but without an analysis of the literature these assertions are unclear. Thus, this article provides a narrative review of the extant TGRs and alcohol use literature among Latinas/os. Thirteen articles met inclusion criteria. Across studies, findings were mixed, aside from those suggesting TGRs composed of hypermasculinity (i.e., traditional machismo) were robustly related to drinking. Tests of mediation and moderation indicated TGRs and alcohol use should be assessed within a multivariate framework. Future research should address these inconsistencies through methodological refinements. In addition, we suggest the integration of existing theoretical perspectives to assist with scholarly development in this area.

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