How Important Is it to Address Stereotypes in Latina?

Spanish women are usually depicted in media as caramel skinned, tight- bodied, beautiful, curvaceous, and sassy. Personas for as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few example. When we hear the term “latina myth,” they are the ladies that come to mind. They have a thick voice, a stunning message, and a peppery personality. Latinas are reduced to items and have less potential because of this seductive, unique myth.

16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews between November 2014 and June 2015 at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, are the subject of this article’s use of a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. A qualified, linguistic facilitator conducted focus groups and interviews in either English or Spanish based on participants’ language preferences.

Three main themes emerged: Participants shared a desire and capacity to maximize their potentials through contraceptive company, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing postponement in the achievement of educational and professional objectives. These findings demonstrate how crucial it is to address female prejudices to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into successful, calm- centered counseling by family planning providers does support the aspirations of young Latinas and promote equity in health care access.

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