Supports for Maternal Communication About Peer Pressure to Have Sex Among Puerto Rican Families

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Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Behavioral Medicine | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Communication | Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion | Race and Ethnicity


This research tests the independent contribution of social capital and the use of the internet to obtain health information to support maternal-child communication about peer pressure to have sex among Puerto Rican families. A sample of 413 Puerto Rican households in Springfield, MA provides the data to independently test these hypotheses. The results of a logistic regression model suggest that Puerto Rican mothers with increased social capital and who accessed the internet for health information are more likely to communicate with their adolescent children about peer pressure to have sex. The combination of these two mechanisms provide opportunities to convey culturally generated resources to Puerto Rican mothers to assist them in helping their children develop healthy sexual behaviors.

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Granberry PJ, Torres MI, Allison JJ, Person SD, Rosal MC. Supports for Maternal Communication About Peer Pressure to Have Sex Among Puerto Rican Families. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2021 Oct;42(1):95-102. doi: 10.1177/0272684X211021046. Epub 2021 May 27. PMID: 34044645. Link to article on publisher's site

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International quarterly of community health education

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