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Awarded Research Grant to Prevent Violence and Violence-Related Injury

Acculturation and Health Protection in Latino Youth

FOA Number: CE04-001 - Public Health Research Awards
Project Period: 9/30/04–9/29/07
Application/Grant Number: 1-K01-CE000496-01
Principal Investigator: Paul Smokowski, MSW, PhD
University of North Carolina
School of Social Work, Room 324-L
CD# 3550, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550
Phone: 919-843-8281
Fax: 919-962-0890


The aim of this investigation is to study acculturation, health protection, and health risk behavior in Latino adolescents residing in North Carolina and Arizona. Researchers will map modifiable risk factors that lead Latino adolescents to engage in negative health behaviors, such as alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, aggressive behavior, and suicide. Using a prospective, longitudinal design, researchers will assess these negative health behaviors in 300 Latino adolescents (150 in NC and 150 in AZ) four times over a three-year period. Mixed-methods analyses using Hierarchical Linear and Nonlinear Modeling (HLM) growth curve modeling and qualitative interview data will be used to examine how acculturation processes and health behaviors evolve over time in different environmental settings.