ERIC Number: EJ833760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
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Risky Sexual Behaviors in First and Second Generation Hispanic Immigrant Youth
Trejos-Castillo, Elizabeth; Vazsonyi, Alexander T.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n5 p719-731 May 2009
Though official data document that Hispanic youth are at a great risk for early sexual intercourse, STDs, and teen pregnancy, only few etiological studies have been conducted on Hispanic youth; almost no work has examined potential generational differences in these behaviors, and thus, these behaviors may have been mistakenly attributed to cultural differences. The current study examined the relationships between maternal parenting (general communication, communication about sex, monitoring, support) and risky sexual behaviors, and potential moderating effects by immigration status and acculturation in 1st and 2nd generation Hispanic immigrant adolescents (N = 2,016) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Waves I and II). Maternal communication about sex and maternal support emerged as key predictors of risky sexual behaviors across generational groups; neither immigration status nor acculturation moderated the maternal parenting constructs-risky sexual behaviors links. Furthermore, maternal parenting constructs and their relationships with risky sexual behaviors did not differ by generational groups.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Acculturation, Child Rearing, Pregnancy, Cultural Differences, Sexuality, Immigration, Immigrants, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Health Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Mothers, Parent Influence, Parent Child Relationship, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health