3037.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - 1:30 PM

Abstract #7156

The Influence of Cultural Values on Self-Efficacy to Reduce HIV Risk Behaviors Among a Sample of Male Hispanic Drug Injectors

Barbara Diane Estrada, MS, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona, 3910 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85714, 520-434-0334, bestrada@dakotanet.com and Antonio L. Estrada, PhD, MSPH, Mexican American Studies and Research Center, The University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210023, Economics Bldg. 23, Room 208b, Tucson, AZ 85721/0023.

Numerous studies have called for the incorporation of cultural values in the development of culturally appropriate interventions targeting Hispanics, however few have included measures of cultural values in the examination of key HIV/AIDS risk reduction constructs, in particular self-efficacy to reduce associated injection and sexual risks. The present study incorporates several Hispanic cultural values (machismo, familism, religiosity, and traditionalism), directly related to the drug using subculture of Hispanic drug injectors. The findings show that certain Hispanic cultural values influence the adoption of HIV/AIDS risk reduction strategies among Hispanic drug injectors. The results of the study suggest that Hispanic cultural values should be included and assessed in behavioral models that target Hispanic drug injectors.

Learning Objectives: The presentation will highlight the influence of specific cultural factors on HIV self-efficacy. Attendees will be able to recognize the importance of developing culturally innovative HIV interventions for Hispanic drug injectors

Keywords: Drug Injectors, HIV Interventions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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