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SnakebyteXX
03-08-2005, 05:47 PM
Increased use of new language seems to lead to a much higher level of activity

By ERIC BERGER
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

As Hispanic teens shed the language of their native countries and immerse themselves in American culture, they become dramatically more sexually active, a new study shows.


A review of 7,300 Arizona teenagers' behavior, which should translate well to other states that border Mexico, including Texas, found that 31 percent of Hispanic teens who speak primarily English have had sex, more than twice the percentage of those who speak primarily Spanish, 14 percent.

The key question why? remains unanswered.

"I wish I knew," said the study's lead author, Dr. Mary Adam, a pediatrics researcher at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine. "This is certainly something we are continuing to explore."

The study, published in this month's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, adds evidence to the so-called healthy immigrant paradox, that Hispanics coming to the United States are healthier than second- and third-generation U.S. residents from the same countries.

Various research has found that less-Americanized Hispanic children have healthier diets, better immunization rates, fewer suicide attempts, and decreased use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs than more Americanized adolescents.

"The study certainly speaks to some of the risks we face in everyday life here," said Katharine Donato, a sociologist at Rice University who studies ethnic health disparities. "But I wouldn't quite say it's an indictment of our culture."

Some researchers have attributed the importance of family in Hispanic culture, and the high regard for parental roles, as playing a part in protecting health, as well as the social support from a large family. But there is not a broad consensus yet in the medical and sociological communities studying these questions.

A better understanding of the beneficial aspects of Hispanic culture, and the healthy components of U.S. culture could generate new approaches to address a host of public health issues, from obesity to smoking, said Dr. Glenn Flores, a pediatrician at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in an editorial that accompanied the research article.

"The discovery of a single unifying intervention that could reduce or prevent some or all of these conditions would be hailed as one of the greatest accomplishments of modern medicine," he wrote.

Dr. Peggy Smith, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine and director of Ben Taub Hospital's Teen Health Clinic, said the trends in the study follow what she has observed.

Smith says as Hispanic girls become more immersed in U.S. culture, if they are unmarried when they become pregnant, they tend to be far less inclined to marry before or soon after the child is born.

That means the children are being raised in single-parent homes, which has financial ramifications, and studies have clearly shown that opportunities and outcomes for such children are far lower than compared to two-parent families, Smith said.

Smith believes she knows at least partly why Hispanic adolescents become more sexually active after living in the United States.

Hispanic children who come to this country become immersed in a culture that is more permissive about sex, Smith said chaperones are not uncommon on dates in Mexico. Beyond that, because of an increasing focus on abstinence, there is less information available about birth control than in most other industrialized countries.

"As a culture, we have problems with openly discussing the whens and ifs of sex with our children," Smith said. "This is one of the outcomes of that." link (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/307)

9 Ball Girl
03-08-2005, 06:45 PM
That's actually old news for me. Being an Americanized Hispanic (born and raised in Brooklyn, NY), as far as females are concerned, we are definitely way more independent and more sexually adventoruous (sp?) than my counterparts who are not from the U.S.

For example, my ex is Mexican, and occasionally I would speak to his family in Mexico. I've had my own place for 8 years now, supporting myself, not married, good job, etc. Now over in Mexico, a woman who lives by herself is considered a bit whore-ish. A woman has to live at home until she is married. And to be sexually active? It'd better be kept on the down low. I have a cousin that came over from Dominican Republic back in the early 90s. She was such a timid thing. Yeah, well, after living here a couple of years, she's now got 2 kid by 2 different Dads which is somewhat normal here in the U.S. but back home is a big No No.

Anyway, enough about that. A lot of Hispanic woman that are not from here are raised to be excellent House Wives. My mommy raised me and my sisters to be career woman and that became a tremendous problem with my ex (whence ex) because he could not fathom the fact that I can do it all by myself.

I think I veered off the subject here a little bit but when it comes down to it, it's all on the individual.

Stretch
03-09-2005, 05:27 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote 9 Ball Girl:</font><hr> That's actually old news for me. Being an Americanized Hispanic (born and raised in Brooklyn, NY), as far as females are concerned, we are definitely way more independent and more sexually adventoruous (sp?) than my counterparts who are not from the U.S.

For example, my ex is Mexican, and occasionally I would speak to his family in Mexico. I've had my own place for 8 years now, supporting myself, not married, good job, etc. Now over in Mexico, a woman who lives by herself is considered a bit whore-ish. A woman has to live at home until she is married. And to be sexually active? It'd better be kept on the down low. I have a cousin that came over from Dominican Republic back in the early 90s. She was such a timid thing. Yeah, well, after living here a couple of years, she's now got 2 kid by 2 different Dads which is somewhat normal here in the U.S. but back home is a big No No.

Anyway, enough about that. A lot of Hispanic woman that are not from here are raised to be excellent House Wives. My mommy raised me and my sisters to be career woman and that became a tremendous problem with my ex (whence ex) because he could not fathom the fact that I can do it all by myself.

I think I veered off the subject here a little bit but when it comes down to it, it's all on the individual. <hr /></blockquote>

Wendy doesn't sound Hispanic....I just thought you had a nice tan. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif St.