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Hispanic teenagers’ low level of acculturation to U.S. society provides a “significant protective factor” against their engaging in sexual intercourse during adolescence, according to a study published in this month’s Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

The study examines survey data from 7,270 Hispanic or white non-Hispanic adolescents in 7th to 12th grades who took part in a sexual-abstinence program in Arizona. On average, Hispanic youths were at a greater risk of engaging in sexual intercourse than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. But Hispanic teenagers who hadn’t been highly acculturated were less likely to have done so.

Vol. 24, Issue 28, Page 13

Published in Print: March 23, 2005, as Teenage Sex

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