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The purpose of this study was to test two modules of a theoretically based, gender- and culturally specific HIV intimate partner violence risk reduction intervention for Spanish-speaking Latinas. The themes of the modules were "Estás en una relación sana y segura?" (Are you in a healthy and safe relationship?) and "Mantenerse sana y segura" (Keeping(More)
Maternal obesity is associated with significantly lower rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity. Increasing rates of obesity among reproductive-age women has prompted the need to carefully examine factors contributing to lower breastfeeding rates in this population. Recent research has demonstrated a significant impact of breastfeeding(More)
Anecdotal information suggests that, for Hispanic women who are involved with abusive partners, condom use request as an HIV/AIDS sexual risk-reduction behavior may expose the women to risk of both abuse and HIV/AIDS. A qualitative study explored barriers to condom negotiation for HIV/AIDS prevention among Mexican and Mexican American women in abusive(More)
The purpose of this article is to describe the Community Readiness Model implemented by the San Antonio Safe Family Coalition in Bexar County, Texas, a coordinated community response to prevent intimate partner violence. The project used a participatory action process to (a) determine the city's and county's stage of readiness to prevent intimate partner(More)
Research on the social construction and contextualization of sexual health among Latina women is sparse. This ethnographic study was aimed to bridge this gap by exploring sexual health experiences and behaviors of a Latina subgroup, Mexican American women. A series of individual semistructured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 Mexican American(More)
BACKGROUND Over consumption of energy-dense nutrient-poor foods may contribute to childhood obesity. We hypothesized that greater than recommended servings of sugar sweetened beverages and foods, indicators of food security, and a high maternal recumbent weight-for-length are positively associated with high percentages of child overweight/obesity. METHODS(More)
Current theory and research indicate that Hispanic women's increased risk for AIDS is due to sociocultural and psychological factors that are influenced by gender. Hispanic women's low social status limits their ability to negotiate safer sex behaviors for AIDS prevention. Female gender identity, based upon the desire for interpersonal attachment, places(More)
BACKGROUND A theoretically based intimate partner violence in-service program was developed, implemented, and evaluated among public health nurses. METHODS A two-phase, mixed-methods design was used. Phase 1 used qualitative methods for content development of the in-service program. Phase 2 used a one-group pretest-posttest design to evaluate the(More)
Domestic violence is recognized as a priority women's health issue. Despite its prevalence, the majority of accredited nursing schools in the United States has yet to adequately integrate violence assessment and intervention content and planned clinical experiences into their curriculum. Therefore, the author has developed a theoretically based one-day(More)
This study explored the impact of hepatitis C infection among a convenience sample of adult Hispanic men and women. Data were collected through a demographic form and audiotaped responses to a vignette. Krueger's transcription-based focus group method of analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data. The major theme, familismo (importance of family),(More)