Title

The Mediating Effect of Adelante brand equity on Latino Immigrant Positive Youth Development Outcomes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-3-2018

Journal

Journal of Health Communication

Volume

23

Issue

7

DOI

10.1080/10810730.2018.1496205

Abstract

This paper reports on mediation analysis of effects of the Adelante brand, an innovative program for Latino immigrant adolescents and their families, and positive youth development (PYD) outcomes. Specific objectives were to increase adolescent engagement and participation in a community-based program called Adelante, based on PYD theory, which sought to reduce substance use, sexual risk taking, and interpersonal violence among Latino immigrant youth. A total of 238 parent-child dyads were recruited from a predominantly low-income Latino immigrant community and followed for an average of 22 months. Measures included demographics; acculturation; stress and coping; social support; violence, substance use, and sexual risk attitudes; future expectations; the Adelante brand equity scale; and PYD asset measures. Multiple regression modeling shows that the leadership brand equity construct is associated with decreased proviolence and increased antiviolence attitudes. Additionally, having any program exposure (vs. none) is associated with improved substance abuse attitudes in models adjusting for the loyalty brand equity construct. In mediation analysis, we observed a mediating effect of the leadership brand equity construct on improved antiviolence attitudes among those exposed to the Adelante program. As found in previous research, Adelante brand equity operated as a mediator of program effects on Latino youth PYD outcomes.

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