Stress has a significant impact on Hispanic/Latinx populations, and is related to the use and misuse of illicit substances and alcohol. The accumulation of Covid19 and other sources of cultural stressors may be especially profound during the upcoming holiday period. This presentation will provide and overview of recent developments in research and practice that focus on stress, acculturation stress, and resilience among Hispanic/Latinx populations. Strategies for helping our communities and our clients to be resilient in the face of acculturation stress and COVID19 related stress will be discussed.
- To provide a basic understanding of acculturation stress and substance use
- To examine how Covid19 and acculturation stress may be affect Hispanic/Latinx groups during the Holiday season
- Provide practice related strategies for building resilience among Hispanic/Latinx groups with and emphasis on the upcoming Holiday season.
Download the Hispanic Stress and Resilience During the Holidays factsheet for more information and resources.
Richard Cervantes Ph.D.
Research Director @Behavioral Assessment, Inc.
Dr. Cervantes is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. He serves as the lead evaluator for SAMHSA’s National Hispanic/Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Dr. Cervantes was a Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center, and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes was the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed the NIH drug prevention study “Familia Adelante: A multi risk Prevention Program for Hispanic Youth”. He was also PI on the recently completed, NIH supported “Hispanic Family Assessment Inventory Study”. Dr. Cervantes is also a leader in evaluation science with special expertise in cultural competency and cross cultural instrument development.