The Nature and Extent of Latino Immigrants' Communication with Their Children about Sexual Issues
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The second and third generation of Latino immigrants have historically not faired as well as their foreign-born parents on many health measures, such as life expectancy, unplanned pregnancy and drug use. To better prepare the children of immigrants for life in the U.S., we need to provide resources to their parents. As part of a larger study on family-planning service acquisition, 100 male and 100 female Latino immigrants in Boone County, Mo., were queried about their concerns regarding children raised in the U.S. and their intentions for addressing sexual-behavior issues with their children. This presentation will first describe demographic characteristics of the respondents, such as level of acculturation, education, age and gender, that might affect their views on how to educate their children. These demographic variables will then be related to how immigrants perceive the context of reception for childrearing in the U.S. Then, the respondents? views on the importance of discussing various sexual issues with their children will be presented. Finally, the role of the family and other social institutions in educating children about sexual issues will be discussed.