Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Darrin Rogers

Second Advisor

Dr. Alfonso Mercado

Third Advisor

Dr. Gary Montgomery


In this study the moderating effects of gender and acculturation on the association between personality traits and alcohol use among Mexican American adults were examined. Participants for this study were undergraduate students from a university in the southwestern USA (N=572, 94.5% Hispanic, 72.6% female). The sample completed self-report measures of personality, alcohol use, and acculturation. When using, regression analyses, alcohol use was found to be weakly yet negatively associated with Conscientiousness, weakly yet positively with Neuroticism, and statistically unrelated to Extroversion. The moderation hypotheses were not supported when utilizing a multiple regression analyses. However, a post-hoc analysis of variance involving only those participants with the highest and lowest scores in integration revealed statistically significant moderating effects for gender. Only females high in integration and low marginalization appeared to report lower alcohol use, confirming past studies. Implications of results are discussed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Psychology Commons