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HIV/AIDS education for Latina inmates: The delimiting impact of culture on prevention efforts

Author: West, Angela D.
Author Background: U Louisville, Louisville, KY, US
Date 3/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Prison-Journal.
Volume/Pages Vol 81(1): 20-41
Subject Matter Latina, Women, AIDS Attitudes Toward, AIDS Prevention, Health Education, Research
Abstract Focus group interviews were conducted with groups of women prisoners to explore inductively their HIV-related needs and concerns. Content analysis determined broad areas of general concern for the women and highlighted obvious cultural distinctions. This article concentrates on those cultural influences as they pertain specifically to Latina women. This population is most at risk of entering the correctional system with HIV infection, and its rates of infection keep rising. Discussions of the concepts of machismo and marianismo and the role of the Catholic Church emphasize the difficulties in creating and implementing effective prevention campaigns within US prison systems, especially for this population. Policy implications are discussed and recommendations offered that consider the delimiting impact of culture on HIV education efforts among incarcerated Latina women. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)