Sex education and cultural values: experiences and attitudes of Latina immigrant women
Abbreviated Journal Title
Sex Educ.-Sex. Soc. Learn.
sex education; Latino immigrants; attitudes; acculturation; Education & Educational Research; Public, Environmental & Occupational; Health
The paper aims to further explore the role that culture plays in the provision and assimilation of sex education among Latina immigrants in the USA. To accomplish this, researchers conducted focus groups and interviews with 30 women from Central and South America who have lived in the USA for at least five years. Participants were asked to reflect on their experience with sex education in their home country and in the USA, and to assess how their attitudes towards sex education may impact their behavioural choices as parents and as sexually-active women. The findings demonstrate a wide range of views that did not follow patterns by common demographical proxy variables, suggesting that such variables are not enough to predict adoption of new cultural values that are different from their family's traditional norms. Instead, adherence to traditional cultural beliefs appeared to be a better predictor of attitudes and behaviours.
Sex Education-Sexuality Society and Learning
"Sex education and cultural values: experiences and attitudes of Latina immigrant women" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3445.