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American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

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DOI: 10.1037/ort0000586


The negative effects of ethnic discrimination on depression symptoms have led researchers to identify potential risk and protective variables of this relationship. While some studies have focused on individual level factors, little research has explored the role of community-level variables, or the combination of both. The present study of Latinx adults (N = 304) tested a moderated mediation model to examine if alcohol use was a mediator of ethnic discrimination and depression under certain levels of social cohesion. Results found that alcohol use was a mediator between ethnic discrimination and depression symptoms and social cohesion moderated this relationship, such that alcohol use was not significant at higher levels of social cohesion. Implications and future directions are discussed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)


Accepted version. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol. 92, No. 1 (2022): 51-57. DOI. © 2022 Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice published by Wiley. Used with permission.

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