Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology


Counseling Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 60 pages) : illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jessica L Martin

Committee Members

Alex L Pieterse, Frank R Dillon


acculturative stress, alcohol use, Latina college students, marianismo beliefs, perceived discrimination, Hispanic American women college students, Sex role, Stress (Psychology), Race discrimination

Subject Categories

Counseling Psychology | Latin American Studies


Although alcohol use is on the rise among young Latina college students, little is known about drinking behaviors among this population. The present study sought to expand the current literature by examining (a) the mediating role of alcohol use in the relationship between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress, in addition to (b) competing models of conditional moderated mediation between perceived discrimination, alcohol use, marianismo beliefs, and acculturative stress, while accounting for nativity. Path analyses were conducted with data from 1243 Latina students between the ages of 18 and 25 from college campuses across the U.S. Mediation analyses indicated that alcohol use did not explain the link between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress. Moreover, conditional moderated mediation analyses indicated that the mediation effect of alcohol use was not dependent on any of the separate marianismo beliefs. Findings revealed several significant direct associations between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress, marianismo beliefs and alcohol use, and nativity and acculturative stress. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.