A Chartbook on Latino Adolescent Reproductive Health

A Future With Promise

By University of California, San Francisco

December 24, 2004

Summary

This publication draws on a wide range of research to present education, immigration and health facts related to the sexual wellness of Latino youth. The goal is simple: Give readers a richer and more nuanced look into these teens’ lives while informing policy and practice to better support their reproductive health needs.

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

There is no one-size-fits-all Latino culture — nor is there a generic program design that serves all Latino youth

When it comes to the reproductive health of Latinos, national origin and generational status matter. For instance: Mexican-origin teens have higher birth rates than their Cuban-origin counterparts. And while only 42% of students who immigrated from Mexico report using contraception the first time they had sex, this rate jumps to 52% for second-generation students and even higher — to 56% — for their third-generation peers. 

Findings & Stats

High-School Survey

In 2001, 63% of Latino high-school males reported ever having had sex — a decline of 1% in eight years.  

An Early Start on Sex

Among Latinos, 11% of boys and 4% of girls reported having sex by their 13th birthday.  

Statements & Quotations