Cultural factors and family-based HIV prevention intervention for latino youth

Celia M. Lescano, Larry K. Brown, Marcela Raffaelli, Lori Ann Lima

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Latino youth are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States and are at considerable risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), given that they have an earlier onset of sexual activity and use condoms less consistently than European American adolescents. Theorists and scholars have emphasized the importance of taking culture into account in sexuality interventions with Latino adolescents, yet few culturally tailored interventions have been developed for this population. Given the emphasis on familismo and collectivism among Latinos, family-based programs are likely to be well received and could contribute to long-term maintenance of adolescent safety. In this synthesis of the relevant literature, cultural factors that have been identified as relevant to Latino sexuality are reviewed and implications for family-based intervention with Latinos are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1041-1052
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Adolescents
  • Culture
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Parents
  • Risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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