Encuentro: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Outcomes of a Culturally Tailored Teen–Parent Health Promotion Program

Renee E. Sieving, Michele L. Allen, Adriana Galvan, Rosemarie Rodriguez-Hager, Kara Beckman, Marina Castillo, Abigail Gadea, Fanny Jimbo-Llapa, Carolyn Porta, Maria Veronica Svetaz

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Abstract

The growth of the Latino youth population, combined with the reality that many Latino adolescents live in environments characterized by social disparities, reveals a compelling need to address health inequalities affecting Latinos through effective health promotion programs designed by and for this population. This article presents findings from a pilot study of Encuentro, a health promotion program for young Latino teens and their parents. Developed by a community–university partnership, Encuentro aims to bolster internal assets, familial and cultural supports for young teens’ positive development, and healthy sexual decision making and behaviors. Encuentro was pilot tested with 49 Latino families at 3 community sites in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Families were assigned to a program group or a control group. Pilot study findings confirm program feasibility and acceptability. Compared to the control group, program group youth reported substantially more involvement in activities celebrating Latino culture, and greater communication with their parents about sexual health topics. Parents in the program group reported greater ethnic pride, engaging in more activities to share Latino values and traditions with their teens, greater communication with their teens about sexual health topics, and increased parental monitoring than did parents in the control group. Findings demonstrate the potential of the Encuentro program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-762
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Latino
  • child/adolescent health
  • community-based participatory research
  • health promotion
  • health research
  • minority health
  • sexual health

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Encuentro : Feasibility, Acceptability, and Outcomes of a Culturally Tailored Teen–Parent Health Promotion Program. / Sieving, Renee E.; Allen, Michele L.; Galvan, Adriana; Rodriguez-Hager, Rosemarie; Beckman, Kara; Castillo, Marina; Gadea, Abigail; Jimbo-Llapa, Fanny; Porta, Carolyn; Svetaz, Maria Veronica.

In: Health Promotion Practice, Vol. 18, No. 5, 01.09.2017, p. 751-762.

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Sieving, Renee E. ; Allen, Michele L. ; Galvan, Adriana ; Rodriguez-Hager, Rosemarie ; Beckman, Kara ; Castillo, Marina ; Gadea, Abigail ; Jimbo-Llapa, Fanny ; Porta, Carolyn ; Svetaz, Maria Veronica. / Encuentro : Feasibility, Acceptability, and Outcomes of a Culturally Tailored Teen–Parent Health Promotion Program. In: Health Promotion Practice. 2017 ; Vol. 18, No. 5. pp. 751-762.
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