Dr. Julianna Deardorff’s research measures condom use consistency and other sexual outcomes by understanding how sexual values (virginity, monogamy, etc.) influence sexual risk taking behavior in young Latino youth (Nicaraguan, El Salvadorian, & Mexican American) in the Bay Area. This was done by conducting three studies composed of 900 individuals ages 16-22, 600 of which were partnered.
Dr. Deardorff is often asked, “Why Latino youth?” To her the answer is simple, Latino youth are the largest majority in the U.S. but there is minimal data on the community. According to Dr. Deardorff, by the year 2050, Latino youth will consist of 25% of the American population so it’s about time we have a better understanding of their values and desires!
Some of the findings from her work were surprising and did not match the expected outcomes. One result regarding sexual values is that both male and female youths value their partners’ sexual satisfaction equally, rather than the anticipated end that only females are concerned with pleasing their partners sexually. When it comes to condom usage, risk information (stating the possibility of pregnancy or contracting STIs) was the most common communication skill used by females whereas males tend to use direct communication all around. In relation to actual condom use, Dr. Deardorff found that youth who admitted to disliking condoms during sexual encounters insisted on and used them more often than individuals who claimed they did not mind them. Could this be because youth who don’t mind condoms don’t use them as frequently and therefore complain about them less? Dr. Deardorff believes this to be true!
Although this was the last Seminar of the spring 2013 semester, CREGS looks forward to keeping the spirit of sexual and gender education, outreach and community alive throughout the summer and next school year! Hope to see you all in the Fall Seminar Series! Do you have questions or comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page, we’d love to hear from you!