Sociocultural determinants of risky sexual behaviors among adult latinas: A longitudinal study of a community-based sample

Patria Rojas, Hui Huang, Tan Li, Gira J. Ravelo, Mariana Sanchez, Christy Dawson, Judith Brook, Mariano Kanamori, Mario De La Rosa

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Few studies have examined the sociocultural determinants of risky sexual behavior trajectories among adult Latinas. To longitudinally examine the link between sociocultural determinants of risky sexual behaviors, we followed a sample of adult Latina mother-daughter dyads (n = 267) across a 10-year span through four waves of data collection. The present study investigates how risky sexual behavior (operationalized as sex under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, sex without a condom, or multiple sex partners) is affected by: (a) socioeconomic conditions; (b) mental health; (c) medical health; (d) acculturation to U.S. culture; (e) interpersonal support; (f) relationship stress; (g) mother-daughter attachment; (h) intimate partner violence; (i) religious involvement; and (j) criminal justice involvement. Results indicate the following factors are negatively associated with risky sexual behavior: drug and alcohol use, treating a physical problem with prescription drugs, religious involvement, and mother–daughter attachment. The following factors are positively associated with risky sexual behavior: higher number of mental health symptoms, being U.S.-born, and criminal justice involvement. We discuss implications for the future development of culturally relevant interventions based on the study findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1164
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 23 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Alcohol
  • Community
  • Drugs
  • Hispanics
  • HIV
  • Latinos
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Sociocultural determinants
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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