Latino Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Research Informed Guidance for Agency-Based Practitioners

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent Goldberg, Jane J. Lee, Katharine McCarthy, Sarah Leavitt

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Abstract

Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority youth group in the United States. Currently, Latino adolescents experience higher rates of teen pregnancy compared to any other racial or ethnic group and have disproportionately high levels of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Latino teens are also affected by a number of social problems such as school dropout, poverty, depression and limited access to healthcare, which contributes to disparities in reproductive health outcomes for this population. Relatively few intervention research studies and programs have been dedicated to reducing sexual risk among Latino youth, despite their particular vulnerabilities in experiencing negative reproductive health outcomes. We provide recommendations for identifying the unique reproductive health needs of Latino youth and specific applied strategies so that agency-based social workers and other providers can develop family-based interventions that improve adolescent Latino sexual and reproductive health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-156
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Agency-based providers
  • Latino
  • Sexual and reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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