Belief in the American Indian/Alaska Native biological vulnerability myth and drinking to cope: Does stereotype threat play a role?

dc.contributor.authorGonzalez, Vivian M.
dc.contributor.authorBurroughs, Adrienne
dc.contributor.authorSkewes, Monica C.
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-15T17:09:08Z
dc.date.available2021-10-15T17:09:08Z
dc.date.issued2021-01
dc.description.abstractObjectives: The effects of stereotype threat and internalized alcohol stereotypes on negative affect and negative affect-related drinking have not been examined in American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), despite their frequently being subjected to alcohol stereotypes. The current study examined the association of belief in the myth of an AI/AN specific biological vulnerability (BV) with alcohol consequences through its effect on depression and drinking to cope with negative affect. Method: In this cross-sectional study, a moderated mediation model examined the association of belief in a BV with alcohol consequences via sequential mediators of depression and drinking to cope. It was hypothesized that the positive association of belief in a BV with depression would be stronger among individuals who engaged in more frequent heavy episodic drinking. Participants were 109 female (69.9%) and 47 male (30.1%) AI/AN college students (Mage = 27.1 years, range 18 to 61) who reported having at least 1 drink in the past month. Results: Belief in a BV was positively associated with depression symptoms among participants reporting average or high frequency of heavy episodic drinking. Greater depression symptoms predicted greater drinking to cope, which in turn predicted greater alcohol consequences. Conclusion: Belief in the BV myth may act as a type of stereotype threat, contributing to alcohol consequences by increasing negative affect and drinking to cope. These results suggest that for AI/ANs who drink, there are psychological and behavioral health ramifications of believing in the notion of a BV, and a need to debunk this myth.en_US
dc.identifier.citationGonzalez, Vivian M., Adrienne Burroughs, and Monica C. Skewes. “Belief in the American Indian/Alaska Native Biological Vulnerability Myth and Drinking to Cope: Does Stereotype Threat Play a Role?” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 27, no. 1 (January 2021): 37–46. doi:10.1037/cdp0000366.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1939-0106
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/16512
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rights© This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY 4.0 license.en_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0en_US
dc.titleBelief in the American Indian/Alaska Native biological vulnerability myth and drinking to cope: Does stereotype threat play a role?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
mus.citation.extentfirstpage37en_US
mus.citation.extentlastpage46en_US
mus.citation.issue1en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychologyen_US
mus.citation.volume27en_US
mus.data.thumbpage1en_US
mus.identifier.doi10.1037/cdp0000366en_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentPsychology.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

Files

Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
burroughs-native-stereotype-threat.pdf
Size:
520.82 KB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
Description:
Belief in the American Indian/Alaska Native biological vulnerability myth and drinking to cope: Does stereotype threat play a role? (PDF)
License bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
No Thumbnail Available
Name:
license.txt
Size:
826 B
Format:
Item-specific license agreed upon to submission
Description:
Copyright (c) 2002-2022, LYRASIS. All rights reserved.