Familial and cultural influences on sexual risk behaviors among Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Dominican youth.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The present study examined the relationship among acculturation, familismo, and HIV-related adolescent sexual risk behavior. Data were collected from Latino mother-adolescent dyads to permit parent and adolescent analyses of familismo for predicting oral, vaginal, and anal sexual behaviors. A random sample of 702 Latino eighth-grade students and their mothers was recruited from New York City. The sample included Mexicans (n = 203), Puerto Ricans (n = 239), and Dominicans (n = 260). Acculturation was unrelated to sexual behavior, but adolescent familismo was related to girls' but not boys' sexual behavior. The most important facet of familismo was subjugation to the family, which was negatively associated with girls' sexual behavior. The implications for HIV prevention programs for Latino youth are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Guilamo-Ramos, V; Bouris, A; Jaccard, J; Lesesne, C; Ballan, M

Published Date

  • October 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 5 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • 61 - 79

PubMed ID

  • 19824835

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-2755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-9546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1521/aeap.2009.21.5_supp.61


  • eng