Structural and Cultural Barriers to Contraceptive Use Among Hispanic Immigrants
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Hispanics are currently the fastest growing minority group in the United States, resulting from an influx of immigration and high fertility rates. Due to health inequalities and cultural attitudes and beliefs, there are disparities in the use of contraceptives among the Hispanic immigrant population in the United States. This analysis explores the effects of structural and cultural factors on the attitudes and use of contraceptives among this population and an ecological model of health behavior is employed as a means of exploring the unique relationship among such factors. Future reproductive health efforts by social service agencies must take into account the environmental effects as well as the cultural effects to effectively promote the use of contraceptives among the Hispanic immigrant population in the United States.