Latina Mothers’ Involvement in an HIV/STI and Substance Use Prevention Program for Adolescents: A Parallel Intervention Curriculum

Andrew S Walters, Daniel F. Enriquez, Dora Rodriguez Sanchez, Annabelle L. Nelson

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As part of a larger HIV/STI/Substance Abuse Prevention intervention targeted to middle school students, we offered students’ parents an opportunity to participate in an adult education class. The same curricular materials were used for students enrolled in the intervention and for their parents. In the current study, mothers who had completed the adult education class participated in a focus group. The focus group explored what components of the intervention were perceived by mothers as particularly useful to them or to their child. Three core themes emerged from interpretive analyses of the focus group: (1) positive relationships with intervention staff and school personnel enticed students to participate in the intervention and facilitated parents’ involvement; (2) both students and parents felt respected and empowered by the intervention’s cornerstone values and curricular philosophy of cultural richness and pride in Hispanic/Latino heritage; and (3) mothers perceived their mastery of the course content—materially wholly dedicated to the health and wellness of their children—benefitted them in terms of both understanding the material and potentially allowing mothers to discuss health-oriented behavior with their young adolescent child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalSexuality and Culture
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 30 2017



  • Adolescent health-based interventions
  • HIV/STI prevention program
  • Latina mothers
  • Parent sexual health curriculum
  • Youth interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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