The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 30, Issue 3–4, pp 395–419 | Cite as

Family Mediators of Acculturation and Adolescent Sexual Behavior Among Latino Youth

  • Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
  • Alida Bouris
  • James Jaccard
  • Catherine A. Lesesne
  • Bernardo Gonzalez
  • Kosta Kalogerogiannis
Original Paper


The present study develops and evaluates a theoretical framework of mediators of the relationship between acculturation and adolescent sexual behavior. Four hundred Latino mother–adolescent dyads from the Bronx, New York were interviewed. The study explored the relationship between intentions to have sexual intercourse and explanatory variables such as adolescent romantic relationship status and partner preferences, maternal approval of dating, adolescent perceptions of maternal approval of dating, and maternal and adolescent levels of familismo and acculturation. Findings revealed complex dynamics between acculturation and adolescent sexual behavior. Protective and risk-inducing associations were observed, with important gender differences operating for boys and girls. Implications for the development of applied prevention programs are discussed.


Acculturation Adolescent sexual behavior Familismo Parent–child relationships Latino youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
    • 1
  • Alida Bouris
    • 2
  • James Jaccard
    • 3
  • Catherine A. Lesesne
    • 4
  • Bernardo Gonzalez
    • 1
  • Kosta Kalogerogiannis
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Service AdministrationUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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