207318 Girls' Let's Talk: Mother-daughter intervention to address early drinking and sexual behavior among young Latina teens

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:15 AM

Belinda M. Reininger, DrPH , Division of Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Brownsville, TX
Lisa Mitchell-Bennett, MA , Brownsville Regional Campus, University of Texas - Houston School of Public Health, Brownsville, TX
Along the U.S. –Mexico border where teen and tween pregnancy rates are some of the highest in the nation, a pilot intervention with Latina mothers and daughters addressing early drinking and sexual behavior has shown some significant post-intervention results, increasing girls' self-efficacy and mothers' intention to communicate with their daughters about sex, contraceptives and alcohol. Over the past six years, the investigative team has worked closely with local community groups on a variety of health issues so that a rich participatory research process was followed to develop and pilot test Girls Let's Talk/ Proyecto Comunicándonos. Particularly instrumental in the process was the Girls Let's Talk/Proyecto Comunicándonos advisory board of Spanish speaking mothers, guiding the planning, implementation and evaluation of the intervention so it is culturally/age appropriate. A systematic approach to developing the intervention was undertaken using Intervention Mapping which resulted in matrices aligning desired psychosocial outcomes with intervention strategies. In the end, the intervention consists of a 6-session (14 hours) small group sessions with adolescent girls (10-14 years) and their preferred family adult woman (90% were mothers). The six-session intervention took place twice a week during a 3 week period using specified content, hands-on role play and interactive activities with girls and moms working together on assignments, and in some cases separated for more in-depth discussions. This presentation will show results from this pilot study and make recommendations for future successful approaches to reducing early drinking and early sexual behavior among younger teen girls.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss components of a successful community-based paricipatory research (CPBR) design to address youth risk behaviors in a Latino population. 2. Identify three factors related to high rates of teen and tween pregnancy in a Latino border community; 3. Describe the connection between mother-daughter communication and prevention of early drinking and risky sexual behavior among tweens and teens.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Doctorate in Public Health; authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.