Acculturation and risky sexual behavior among adolescents and emerging adults from immigrant families

Jennifer Tsai, Davida Becker, Steve Sussman, Ricky Bluthenthal, Jennifer B. Unger, Seth J Schwartz

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Adolescents and emerging adults who engage in risky sexual behaviors (RSBs), such as inconsistent condom use, having multiple partners, having sex at a young age, and having sex while intoxicated or high, are at elevated risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancy. The chapter discusses the relationship of acculturation (along with associated intrapersonal and interpersonal mediators and moderators) with RSB outcomes. Acculturation can be a protective or risk-enhancing factor for RSBs among adolescents. Intrapersonal variables, such as academic achievement, sexual intention, and sexual health knowledge, and interpersonal variables, such as parent, peer, and partner relationships, can act as mediators between acculturation and RSBs. The strength of these relationships may be further moderated by religiosity and gender. Implications for future research and interventions are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780190215217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Condom
  • Emerging adult
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Mediator
  • Risk
  • Sexual behavior
  • STD/ HIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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