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Vol. 20. Num. 1. 2011. Pages 63-73

Reducing Substance Use and HIV Health Disparities among Hispanic Youth: The Familias Unidas Program of Research

[Reduciendo las Desigualdades en Salud por Consumo de Drogas y VIH en los Jóvenes Hispanos de EEUU: El Programa de Investigación Familias Unidas ]

Prado, Guillermo Pantin, Hilda

Abstract

Prevenir/reducir el uso de drogas y la incidencia de VIH entre los jóvenes hispanos es imprescindible para eliminar las desigualdades existentes en materia de salud entre los hispanos y otros sectores de la población. El objetivo de este artículo es describir el programa de investigación Familias Unidas (un programa de intervención diseñado específicamente para hispanos y que se centra en el papel de los padres). El programa pretende reducir el consumo de drogas y minimizar las disparidades relativas al VIH entre los jóvenes hispanos. El artículo se centra en las bases teóricas de la intervención, en la investigación empírica que respalda este modelo teórico, en el modelo mismo, en los resultados obtenidos por el programa de investigación, y en su puesta en práctica en la comunidad.

Resumen

Preventing/reducing substance use and HIV among Hispanic youth is essential to eliminating the health disparities that exist between Hispanics and other segments of the population. The objective of this article is to describe a program of research involving Familias Unidas, a Hispanic-specific, parent-centered intervention, aimed at reducing substance use and HIV health disparities among Hispanic youth. This article will focus on the theoretical foundation of the intervention, the empirical research supporting the theoretical model, the intervention model itself, the findings of the program of research, and the translation of this intervention into community practice.

Keywords

drugs
family
health disparities
hispanic
HIV
smoking

Palabras clave

desigualdad de salud
drogas
familia
fumar
hispano
VIH
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