Suicide attempts among Latina teenagers are at a higher rate than their non-Hispanic White female and Hispanic male peers, according to a Salud America! In the Latino community, mental health problems often are not spoken about. There is a stigma attached to it. Latina singer Demi Lovato knows firsthand the challenges and stigma of dealing with depression and building resilience. Journalist and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda directed a documentary, Some Girls, which tackles issues in the Latina-American community.
It’s time to address the Latina teen suicide epidemic
Survey: Latinas face challenges that hinder their education - mytestdomainnow.com
CNN -- Most Latinas have goals to graduate and get professional jobs, but challenges including discrimination and gender stereotyping undermine their chances of success, a new survey shows. The discrimination -- sometimes from teachers and fellow students -- affects the young women's self-confidence and performance, leading to lower graduation rates, according to the report released last week by the National Women's Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Yet the dropout rates of Latinas are extremely high. The survey was based on responses received from schools and programs in various parts of the country, with follow-up interviews and focus groups, plus a review of existing research, according to the report. Out of the young women surveyed, one-third do not expect to achieve their educational goals for various reasons, it said.
Latina Teen Pregnancy Surveys Should Avoid Blame
A recent opinion survey makes a good attempt to identify the social and cultural dynamics that may lie behind the high rate of pregnancy among U. Existing efforts to curb teen pregnancy miss the mark for many Latinos, and more investment like this is needed to identify better messages and programs. Unfortunately, the limitations found in this type of study lead to more questions than answers, and the accompanying analysis leaves itself exposed to the potential for scapegoating - rather than helping - Latino teens and their families. Survey results reveal that, similar to other racial and ethnic groups, Latino teens are most impacted by their parents when it comes to decisions about sexual activity. Further, Latino teens are not getting enough information about contraception from parents, and believe that their parents are not sure how to discuss sex with them.
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