Latino cultural values as protective factors against sexual risks among adolescent
Acculturation, Latino cultural values, Sexual behaviors, Adolescents
Journal of Adolescence
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.
Ma, M. M.,
Malcolm, L. R.,
(2014). Latino cultural values as protective factors against sexual risks among adolescent. Journal of Adolescence, 37(8), 1215-1225.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cps_facarticles/940