The role of minority stress in second-generation Black emerging adult college students' high-risk drinking behaviors

Delishia M. Pittman, Sara Cho Kim, Carla D. Hunter, Ezemenari M. Obasi

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Objective: This study used a minority stress framework to investigate the relationships between multiple stressors (e.g., general life stress, race related stress, and acculturative stress) and high-risk drinking behaviors in a sample of second-generation Black emerging adult college students across the United States. Method: Participants (n = 148) were recruited from U.S. colleges and universities as part of a large, multiwave cross-sectional study. Results: Findings from this study mirrored those in the extant literature: the positive relationship between race-related stress and high-risk drinking behaviors found in other marginalized groups. However, when all stressors were entered into the model, acculturative stress accounted for significant variance in high-risk drinking behaviors above and beyond general life and race-related stressors in second generation Black emerging adult college students. Conclusion: Findings underscore the need to better understand the influence of acculturative stress on high-risk drinking behaviors among second-generation Black emerging adult college students: an understudied population in both the acculturation and alcohol use literatures. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-455
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017



  • Acculturative stress
  • Black
  • Emerging adult college students
  • High-risk drinking behaviors
  • Second generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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