The individual predictors of drinking behaviors among second-generation immigrant adolescents are still understudied. This study investigated emotion regulation strategies and alcohol abuse in 472 adolescents (86 second-generation immigrants and 386 Italian natives; age range: 17–18). The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire and the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test were used to assess cognitive reappraisal, emotional suppression, and alcohol abuse, respectively. Immigrants reported lower alcohol abuse than natives. A negative relationship between cognitive reappraisal and alcohol abuse was found for immigrants, but not for natives. Specifically, cognitive reappraisal was a protective factor against alcohol abuse only for immigrant adolescents. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
Laghi, F., Bianchi, D., Lonigro, A., Pompili, S., Baiocco, R. (2021). Emotion regulation and alcohol abuse in second-generation immigrant adolescents: The protective role of cognitive reappraisal. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 26(4), 513-524 [10.1177/1359105318820715].