The role of acculturation and family functioning in predicting HIV risk behaviors among hispanic delinquent youth

Colleen Farrelly, David Cordova, Shi Huang, Yannine Estrada, Guillermo Prado

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between Berry's acculturation typology and HIV risk behaviors and whether family functioning mediated any such effects. A total of 235 high risk Hispanic adolescents were categorized into one of Berry's four acculturation typologies through the use of cut-off scores on measures of Hispanicism and Americanism. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the effects of acculturation typology on HIV risk behaviors and the indirect effects of acculturation typology on HIV risk behaviors through family functioning. Acculturation typology was related to HIV risk behaviors. Family functioning partially mediated the effects of acculturation typology on the HIV risk behavior outcomes. These findings suggest that both Americanism and Hispanicism play an important role in the etiology of HIV risk behaviors among Hispanic youth and that both, along with family functioning, are important to consider when designing preventive interventions for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-483
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Family
  • Hispanic
  • HIV
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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