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Creando Posibilidades: A Cognitive Model of Risk Behaviors

A prevailing theory within eating disorder literature is that the process of acculturation and the strength of ethnic identity are key determinants of disordered eating and related health risk behaviors for Latinas. In this paper, we describe a longitudinal study to test the theoretical proposition that the configuration of personal identities buffers the effects of acculturation on a triad of modifiable risk behaviors (disordered eating, alcohol use and tobacco use) in college-enrolled Mexican American (MA) women. Using the self- schema model to conceptualize personal identities, we review the causal pathways linking self-schema properties to risk behaviors and describe the longitudinal design and measures used to test the hypothesized relationships.

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