The impact of English-Spanish bilingualism and biculturalism on problem drinking reporting from a college student sample on the US-Mexico border

Solanja Perez, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

Variables like ethnicity, culture, acculturation, and levels of stress seem to play a role on student drinking. One hundred and seventy eight bilingual students from the University of Texas at El Paso with Spanish as their first language were surveyed for this study. The relationship between student's self-reported reading ability, their scores in the reading portion of the Wide Range Achievement Test Revised (WRAT-R), and the scores on the Biculturalism/Multiculturalism Experience Inventory (B/MEI) with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed in three months (The Steady Pattern Chart of the Form 90), and problems resulting from alcohol consumption (RAPI) was investigated. The relationship between bilingual speaking proficiency, understanding proficiency, as well as level of comfort speaking and understanding the English language with alcohol consumption and problems was also evaluated in the study. Multiple regression analyses were performed on the data in order to evaluate the relationships between the variables. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, General|Health Sciences, Public Health|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Perez, Solanja, "The impact of English-Spanish bilingualism and biculturalism on problem drinking reporting from a college student sample on the US-Mexico border" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1430243.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1430243

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