The relationship between hostility, smoking, and alcohol consumption in mexican americans

David J. Lee, Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, Kyriakos S. Markides

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We examined the effect of hostility on smoking and alcohol consumption using data from a three-generation study of Mexican Americans. The irritability subscale of the Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory was used as the measure of hostility. Moderate associations were found between alcohol consumption and irritability scores among middle- and younger-generation females, with generally weaker or nonsignificant associations found in males. Smoking was moderately associated with irritability in middle- and younger-generation females and in younger-generation males. Differences in results by generation and gender are discussed as well as implications for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-896
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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