In an article published on August 25 in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, entitled Religion, Acculturation, and Incarceration: Determinants of Substance Use among Hispanic Adults in the United States, Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) researchers studied the gap in the literature on determinants of substance use among Hispanic adults, as most literature has focused on the adolescent and youth population.
Third-year DrPH student in the department of epidemiology, Mr. Benjamin Becerra, was the lead author. The project was a joint collaboration of LLUSPH researchers, California State University San Bernardino, and the Latino Caucus for Public Health.
“I was interested in this project because of the gap in the literature, and also because there is a renewed interest in the literature in addressing the importance of religiosity in promoting healthy behaviors, as it is often associated with social gathering,” said Mr. Becerra. “Given the role of social support in Hispanic culture, addressing that aspect was important for this research.”
The full article can be read at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2014/459596/.