Latino adolescents represent the largest minority group in the United States. Furthermore, Latino adolescents experience disproportionately high numbers of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and unintended pregnancies compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. A recent report highlights that despite disparities an inadequate number of evidence-based intervention programs are currently dedicated to supporting the sexual and reproductive health needs of Latino youth1.
Families Talking Together (FTT) is an efficacious, parent-based program that addresses the unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of African American and Latino minority youth by focusing on delaying adolescent sexual debut and increasing correct and consistent contraceptive use. FTT is grounded in previous research that has identified three parenting practices, parent-adolescent communication, relationship quality, and monitoring and supervision, as key factors related to supporting healthy adolescent sexual behavior. FTT provides tools for both parents and teens to increase communication in order to delay sexual behavior and reduce risk. With a goal of reaching a large numbers of adolescents and their parents, the program has been adapted for implementation in both clinic-based and school-based settings. The following table summarizes the FTT program components:
You can read more about the FTT program in the below papers:
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P., Gonzalez, B., Casillas, E., Banspach, S. A comparative study of interventions for delaying the initiation of sexual intercourse in Latino and Black youth. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, (In press).
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bouris, A., Jaccard, J., Gonzalez, B., McCoy, W and Aranda, D. (2011). A parent-based intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior in early adolescence: Building alliances between physicians, social workers, and parents. Journal of Adolescent Health 48(2):159-63.
1Zayas, L. H., & Witt, J. Y. (2010). Hispanic youth in pregnancy prevention programs research: An analysis of the research literature. Retrieved from here.