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New Media Use and Sexual Behavior Among Latino Adolescents

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine the relationship between SMS/social media use and sexual behavior among Latino adolescents. Methods: Four hundred twenty-eight 9th- and 10th-grade Latino adolescents were recruited to participate in a survey. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to examine associations between new media use and sexual behaviors. Results: There is a significant association between frequency of SMS/social media use and sexual behavior after controlling for age, gender, survey language, and nativity. Conclusions: Latino adolescents using SMS and social media at higher frequencies are more likely to have ever had sex. Future research must continue to explore this relationship.

Keywords: ADOLESCENTS; LATINO; SEXUAL BEHAVIOR; SMS; SOCIAL MEDIA; SOCIAL NETWORKING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.3.15

Affiliations: 1: Department of Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC;, Email: mmlandry@gwu.edu 2: Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 3: Jacobs Institute for Women's Health, Department of Health Policy, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 4: Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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