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BACKGROUND Adolescents are substantial users of short message service (SMS) and social media. The public health community now has more opportunities to reach this population with positive youth development and health messages through these media. Latinos are a growing and youthful population with significant health risks and needs. This population may(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the relationship between SMS/social media use and sexual behavior among Latino adolescents. METHODS Four hundred twenty-eight 9(th)- and 10(th)-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. (More)
While numerous factors contributing to racial/ethnic health disparities have been identified, the clustering and interaction of these factors as a syndemic or trajectory has not been well-studied (Starfield in Soc Sci Med 64:1355–1362, 2007; Singer in Soc Sci Med 39(7):931–948, 1994). More importantly, for immigrant/refugee populations, the interaction of(More)
BACKGROUND Trends in social media use, including sending/receiving short message service (SMS) and social networking, are constantly changing, yet little is known about adolescent's utilization and behaviors. This longitudinal study examines social media utilization among Latino youths, and differences by sex and acculturation. OBJECTIVES The purpose of(More)
Limited data and research is available on the health issues faced by the South Asian population, especially for those living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Online and in-person surveys were administered to a convenience sample (n = 709) of South Asians living in the metropolitan Washington DC region. The survey gathered information on(More)
Addressing the health needs of all Americans is central to the public health agenda in the US. Although some progress has been made in documenting health disparities among South Asians living in the US, more attention is needed to fully understand how communities are addressing the health needs of this community. Community Based Organizations (CBOs) play a(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent sexual risk taking and its consequences remain a global public health concern. Empirical evidence on the impact that social media has on sexual health behaviors among youth is sparse. OBJECTIVE The study aimed to examine the relationship between social media and the change in sexual risk over time and whether parental monitoring(More)
Family violence, including child sexual abuse (CSA), is a significant public health problem in the United States. It is particularly difficult to assess family violence and CSA among South Asians because it is often hidden due to cultural and familial stigma. A web-based survey was administered to a convenience sample (n = 368) of South Asian adults in the(More)
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