Applying Ecodevelopmental Theory and the Theory of Reasoned Action to Understand HIV Risk Behaviors Among Hispanic Adolescents

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HIV/AIDS is listed as one of the top 10 reasons for the death of Hispanics between the ages of 15 and 54 in the United States. This cross sectional, descriptive secondary study proposed that using both the systemic (ecodevelopmental) and the individually focused (theory of reasoned action) theories together would lead to an increased understanding of the risk and protective factors that influence HIV risk behaviors in this population. The sample consisted of 493 Hispanic adolescent 7th and 8th graders and their immigrant parents living in Miami, Florida. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was used for the data analysis. Family functioning emerged as the heart of the model, embedded within a web of direct and mediated relationships. The data support the idea that family can play a central role in the prevention of Hispanic adolescents' risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 18 2012



  • Adolescents
  • Ecodevelopmental theory
  • Hispanics/latinos
  • HIV
  • STIs
  • Theory of reasoned action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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