Perceived discrimination is a concrete aspect of racism with well-documented health implications for people of color in the U.S. Importantly, such health disparities related to perceived discrimination are clearly evident among Latino youth, the largest racial/ethnic minority segment of the increasingly diverse American child population and a particularly vulnerable group subjected to discriminatory treatment. To date, the growing literature on the health implications of perceived discrimination has not really delved into sexual risk-taking, which is curious given that it is a key component of Healthy People 2020 and in light of the plethora of research highlighting the disproportionately higher rates of STDs, HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancies afflicting Latino adolescents. Studying this link in this population, therefore, has significant

Public Health Relevance

This project connects two topics with clear health significance?perceived discrimination and sexual risk- taking?in a critical population of interest. Based on a successful pilot study that already addressed many of the practical barriers to studying this topic in this population ? we test the pathways through with perceived discrimination affects Latino preadolescents' sexual risk behaviors and identify culturally congruent developmental processes that support sexual health. An examination of these factors during the sensitive period of early adolescence, when Latino youth are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and before sexual activity becomes common, can help in the development of gender and culturally-based prevention and intervention programs for Latino adolescents.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Type
Small Research Grants (R03)
Project #
5R03HD086600-02
Application #
9402629
Study Section
Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee (CHHD)
Program Officer
Lee, Karen
Project Start
2016-12-15
Project End
2018-11-30
Budget Start
2017-12-01
Budget End
2018-11-30
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2018
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Texas Austin
Department
Psychology
Type
Schools of Education
DUNS #
170230239
City
Austin
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
78759