Background and purpose: Research on Arab-Americans as a distinct ethnic group is limited, especially when considering the health of Arab-American youth. This study describes health risk (substance use, violence); health promotive behaviors (hope, spirituality); and sexual activity (oral, vaginal, anal sex) of Arab-American adolescents and emerging adults (aged 15–23) within their life context, as well as the association between these behaviors. Methods: A secondary analysis of data on a subset of Arab-American participants obtained from a randomized-control trial was utilized to conduct mixed methods analyses. Qualitative analyses completed on the open-ended questions used the constant comparative method for a subsample (n = 24) of participants. Descriptive quantitative analyses of survey data utilized bivariate analyses and stepwise logistic regression to explore the relation between risk behaviors and sexual activity among the full sample (n = 57). Conclusions: Qualitative analyses revealed two groups of participants: (a) multiple risk behaviors and negative life-events, and (b) minimal risk behaviors and positive life-events. Quantitative analyses indicated older youth, smokers, and those with higher hope pathways were more likely to report vaginal sex. Implications for practice: The unique cultural and social contexts of Arab-American youth provide a framework for recommendations for the prevention of risk behaviors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners|
|State||Published - Sep 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors acknowledge the Access Community Health and Research Center, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, and Eastern Michigan University?University Health Services for their assistance with recruitment and data collection.
©2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- cultural assessment
- health assessment
- health promotion