Latina college students' sexual health beliefs about human papillomavirus infection

Tiffany Schiffner, Lydia P. Buki

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To examine Latina college students' sexual health beliefs about human papillomavirus (HPV), 16 self-identified Latina college students from a large Midwestern university participated in three focus groups. The authors found that participants' knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer was extremely low. Women did not obtain Pap screenings consistently, nor did they use condoms in a consistent manner. They perceived that cultural norms that support silence about sexual topics hinder their knowledge acquisition about sexual issues. Participants also recognized that their insufficient knowledge could jeopardize their health and expressed a willingness to actively stop this intergenerational cycle of silence within their families. Findings highlight the importance of incorporating cultural considerations when designing research and educational programs with Latina college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-696
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical cancer
  • College students
  • Health
  • Hispanic/Latina
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Sexual health beliefs
  • Sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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