Latino teen theater: A theater intervention to promote latino parent-adolescent sexual communication

Joanne Noone, Nancy Castillo, Tiffany L. Allen, Teresa Esqueda

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    Latina teen pregnancy rates continue to be a health disparity in the United States. This study evaluated a parenting intervention using interactive theater to facilitate Latino parent-adolescent communication about sexuality and pregnancy prevention. The intervention, conducted in Spanish and with teen actors, consisted of scenes involving the audience. Fifty-nine parents participated in this 3-month prospective study. Spanish measures of comfort with communication, general communication, and parent-child sexual communication were employed comparing paired t tests for each scale. Acceptability of the intervention was assessed and demonstrated. Eighty-six percent of parents used information from the performance to talk to their child. Improvements in general communication (p <.02), sexual communication (p <.001), and comfort (p <.001) occurred. Interactive theater is an innovative approach to facilitate Latino parent communication about sexuality and pregnancy prevention.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)209-216
    Number of pages8
    JournalHispanic Health Care International
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



    • Adolescence
    • Latino
    • Parent-child communication
    • Sexuality
    • Theater

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)

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