Cultural stressors increase risk of smoking, binge drinking and poor mental health among Hispanic teens


FIUNews profiles Department of Epidemiology assistant professor Miguel Angel Cano for his study on cultural stressors and their effects on smoking, binge drinking and mental health among Hispanic teens.

From the article:

“The study demonstrated how geographic location can impact the effects of cultural stressors on health outcomes,” Cano said. “While study site wasn’t a factor that influenced the effects of  cultural stress on substance use, higher cultural stress increased depressive symptoms among adolescents in Miami, but not in Los Angeles.

The adolescent population in the United States is continually becoming more diverse. Currently one in five adolescents in the U.S. are of Hispanic descent. This number is expected to increase to one in three by 2020.

“Identifying clinically and culturally relevant factors associated with health among Hispanic adolescents is an increasingly important public health priority. This study helps recognize a need to develop interventions that address the effects of cultural stressors,” he added.

Read the full article at FIU News.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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