Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Examining The Association Between Personality and Alcohol Use Among Mexican Americans: Acculturation and Gender as Moderators
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Darrin Rogers
Dr. Alfonso Mercado
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.
University of Texas-Pan American
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