In the United States and in Minnesota, Latina youth have the highest rates of teen
pregnancy and birth of all major racial/ethnic groups. Latina girls are also less
likely to use contraception than their non-Latina peers. Thus, it is imperative to
develop pregnancy prevention programs tailored to Latina youth and their social
and cultural contexts. As part of the ¡Encuentro! study, conducted with funds from
the CDC, the purpose of this research is to examine influences on Latina teens’
decisions around contraceptive use, using data from focus groups conducted with
Twin Cities Latina youth ages 14-22. This poster presents preliminary findings,
from analysis of data from two female focus groups. Preliminary findings suggest
cultural, social and individual-level influences on local Latinas decisions related to contraceptive use.
Additional contributors: Linda Bosma; Renee Sieving (faculty mentor)
This research was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
¡Encuentro! A Healthy Youth Development Project Adolescent Contraceptive Use: Perspectives of Local Latina Youth.
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