The Latino Acculturation and Health Project “seeks to understand what life is like for Latino adolescents who were born in a foreign country and immigrated to the United States.

The long-term objective of the Latino Acculturation and Health Project is to use research to promote health and prevent injury and disease in Latino adolescents. The major aims are to increase health protection, enhance quality of life, and reduce health disparities for Latino youth. In order to move toward these overarching goals, we examine how acculturation processes influence health decisions for Latino adolescents. The study’s specific aim is to 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. We also delineate cultural assets and protective factors that influence Latino adolescents to engage in health-promoting behavior.”

To read an article about the project and watch a video of Dr. Smokowski talking about the findings, please visit the UNC School of Social Work website. 

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