Intrapersonal psychological empowerment profiles on ethnic identity, social support, and lifetime drug use among Hispanic adolescent girls

Ijeoma Opara, David T. Lardier, Yohansa Fernandez, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert J. Reid

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Abstract

The abbreviated Sociopolitical Control Scale for Youth (SPCS-Y) factor structure, used to measure intrapersonal psychological empowerment, was tested among a sample of Hispanic adolescent girls (N = 490). Confirmatory factor analysis and latent class analyses were conducted, and five distinct cluster groups emerged. Multivariate analysis of covariance was used to examine conceptually related variables and support the two-factor structure and validity of the scale. Participants with higher levels of intrapersonal psychological empowerment also had high social support, ethnic identity, and lower levels of alcohol and drug use. Findings support the use of the scale on Hispanic adolescent girls and contribute to alcohol and drug use prevention research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • adolescent girls
  • alcohol
  • Drugs
  • empowerment
  • Hispanic

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