How Important Is it to Address Stereotypes in Latina?

Spanish women are generally depicted in media as caramel skinned, tight- muscled, sexy, curvaceous, and feisty. Figures quite as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few cases. When we hear the term “latina myth,” these women are the ones that come to mind. They have a solid highlight, a gorgeous voice, and a savory character. Latinas are reduced to objects and have limited potential due to this seductive, wild stereotype.

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 subjects of this article’s use of a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. Based on respondents’ dialect preferences, focus groups and interviews were conducted by a trained, fluent mediator in either English or Spanish.

Three main themes emerged: Individuals 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 deferral in the pursuit of educational and professional objectives. These observations demonstrate how crucial it is to address mexican preconceptions to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into efficient, patient- centered counseling by family planning providers is help the aspirations of young Latinas and promote equity in health care access.