College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Latino cultural values as protective factors against sexual risks among adolescent

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2014

Keywords

Acculturation, Latino cultural values, Sexual behaviors, Adolescents

Publication Title

Journal of Adolescence

ISSN

0140-1971

Volume

37

Issue/No.

8

Abstract

The study objective was to examine the associations between cultural values and sexual risk factors among Latino youth. A sample of 226 Latino adolescents ages 13–16 completed a survey on cultural and sexual variables. Results indicate higher levels of Latino cultural orientation were related to greater sexual self-efficacy and fewer sexual partners for female adolescents and greater condom use self-efficacy for both males and females. Greater endorsement of simpatia (belief in interpersonal relationship harmony) was associated with sexual abstinence and greater sexual self-efficacy for all adolescents, and with being older at sexual debut for females. Stronger endorsement of respeto (respect towards parents and other authority figures) was correlated with a lower intention to have sex during secondary school and greater condom use self-efficacy. American cultural orientation was associated with less condom use. Our findings indicate Latino cultural values may serve as protective factors against sexual risk behaviors among Latino youth.

DOI

10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.08.012