Practitioners’ Perspectives on Cultural Sensitivity in Latina/o Teen Pregnancy Prevention*

Authors

  • Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee,

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      **Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee is a Research Associate, Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210033, Tucson, AZ 85721-0033 (adaw@email.arizona.edu).
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  • Stephen T. Russell,

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      Stephen T. Russell is an Associate Professor, Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210033, Tucson, AZ 85721-0033 (strussell@arizona.edu).
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  • Faye C. H. Lee,

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      Faye C. H. Lee is a Youth Development Advisor, Emeriti, Latina/o Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup, University of California Cooperative Extension San Francisco County, 300 Piedmont Avenue, Room 224 San Bruno, CA (fhlee@ucdavis.edu).
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  • Latina/o Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup


  • *

    This research was funded by a UC MEXUS small grant (S. T. R.) and through the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. We thank the participants in our study, and we thank Karen McCluskey for her contributions to the project. The article was written collaboratively by the Latina/o Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup with leadership from S. T. R. and A. M. W. -L. (University of Arizona) and F. C. H. L. (UCCE San Francisco County), with Anne K. Driscoll (UC Davis), Marilyn Johns (UCCE San Mateo County), Darlene Liesch (UCCE Kern County), Fe Moncloa (UCCE Santa Clara County), and Carla Sousa (UCCE Tulare County).

**Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee is a Research Associate, Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210033, Tucson, AZ 85721-0033 (adaw@email.arizona.edu).

Stephen T. Russell is an Associate Professor, Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210033, Tucson, AZ 85721-0033 (strussell@arizona.edu).

Faye C. H. Lee is a Youth Development Advisor, Emeriti, Latina/o Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup, University of California Cooperative Extension San Francisco County, 300 Piedmont Avenue, Room 224 San Bruno, CA (fhlee@ucdavis.edu).

Abstract

Abstract: This study examined practitioners’ understandings of cultural sensitivity in the context of pregnancy prevention programs for Latina teens. Fifty-eight practitioners from teen pregnancy prevention programs in California were interviewed in a guided conversation format. Three themes emerged in our analysis. First, practitioners’ definitions of cultural sensitivity were consistent with existing models in the published research literature and focused largely on reinforcing the cultural strengths of Latino youth and families. Second, strategies for cultural sensitivity were complicated by tension between traditional Latino culture and the culture of pregnancy prevention programs. Third, practitioners identified a blend of personal and professional characteristics associated with cultural sensitivity among staff. We discussed policy and practice implications for Latino pregnancy prevention.

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