Cultural Beliefs and Practices Regarding Reproductive Health in Latinas of New Mexico

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152139
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Presentation
Title:
Cultural Beliefs and Practices Regarding Reproductive Health in Latinas of New Mexico
Abstract:
Cultural Beliefs and Practices Regarding Reproductive Health in Latinas of New Mexico
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Morales, Yolanda, APRN, BC
P.I. Institution Name:University of New Mexico, College of Nursing
Title:Doctoral Student
Co-Authors:MaryAnn Osuchowski-Sanchez, PhDc, MSN, CFNP
[Research Presentation] Purpose: To gain an understanding of the cultural beliefs and practices related to sex, pregnancy, contraception, and motherhood of multigenerational and immigrant Latina women residing in New Mexico. Background: Since 1995, Latinas have experienced the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the U.S.áTraditional measures of acculturation do not capture the wide range of cultural experiences and practices of the diverse Latina population. This study aimed to understand sexual practices by uncovering the cultural values that teenagers are exposed to in their specific Latina communities. Research Design:áAn ethnographic approach was used to uncover the cultural values, beliefs, and customs regarding sex, pregnancy, contraception and motherhood among Latina women residing in New Mexico. Findings/Themes: Immigrant women identified a lack of information regarding reproductive issues as a reason for fear and embarrassment of sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and menstruation.áAlthough teen pregnancy was noted less often in native Latin countries vs. the U.S., pregnancy out of wedlock, at any age, was often met with consequences of abandonment or abuse from oneÆs family. The multigenerational participants received little information regarding reproductive health, and identified educational settings and peers as their primary source of information about reproductive health. Negative social taboos of premarital pregnancy remained with consequences of rejection and shame were noted in both groups. Both groups of women identified limited communication and education about reproductive health and gender influences on reproductive issues as sources of fear and embarrassment about sexual issues among Latina women. Implications for Nursing:áUnique cultural perspectives expressed by differing Latina subgroups are quite meaningful in identifying wide variations within the Latina population. Salient heterogeneity of attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and customs contributes to the understanding of cultural issues relevant to Latinas and their reproductive health.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCultural Beliefs and Practices Regarding Reproductive Health in Latinas of New Mexicoen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152139-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Cultural Beliefs and Practices Regarding Reproductive Health in Latinas of New Mexico</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Morales, Yolanda, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of New Mexico, College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Doctoral Student</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">ymmorales@salud.unm.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">MaryAnn Osuchowski-Sanchez, PhDc, MSN, CFNP</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: To gain an understanding of the cultural beliefs and practices related to sex, pregnancy, contraception, and motherhood of multigenerational and immigrant Latina women residing in New Mexico. Background: Since 1995, Latinas have experienced the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the U.S.&aacute;Traditional measures of acculturation do not capture the wide range of cultural experiences and practices of the diverse Latina population. This study aimed to understand sexual practices by uncovering the cultural values that teenagers are exposed to in their specific Latina communities. Research Design:&aacute;An ethnographic approach was used to uncover the cultural values, beliefs, and customs regarding sex, pregnancy, contraception and motherhood among Latina women residing in New Mexico. Findings/Themes: Immigrant women identified a lack of information regarding reproductive issues as a reason for fear and embarrassment of sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and menstruation.&aacute;Although teen pregnancy was noted less often in native Latin countries vs. the U.S., pregnancy out of wedlock, at any age, was often met with consequences of abandonment or abuse from one&AElig;s family. The multigenerational participants received little information regarding reproductive health, and identified educational settings and peers as their primary source of information about reproductive health. Negative social taboos of premarital pregnancy remained with consequences of rejection and shame were noted in both groups. Both groups of women identified limited communication and education about reproductive health and gender influences on reproductive issues as sources of fear and embarrassment about sexual issues among Latina women. Implications for Nursing:&aacute;Unique cultural perspectives expressed by differing Latina subgroups are quite meaningful in identifying wide variations within the Latina population. Salient heterogeneity of attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and customs contributes to the understanding of cultural issues relevant to Latinas and their reproductive health.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:25:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:25:25Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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