Learning Objective 1: describe at-risk health behaviors of a culturally diverse group of ethnic minotity students.
Learning Objective 2: discuss the SENORITAs program amd the SENIORITAHS program at a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) of higher education.
Methods: After IRB approval, a focus group was held with 38 undergraduate and graduate nursing students to elicit their thoughts on why unsafe sexual practices and alcohol were problems on campus.
Results: Students reported that unsafe sexual activity was related to the Hispanic culture, where men are encouraged to become sexual active, women try to please their men, and men often do not want to use condoms. However, an additional concern that was reported was underage drinking by students attending area nightclubs. Students stated that “free drinks for ladies” and no checking of age for club attendees was a routine occurrence.
Conclusion: Although cultural characteristics may contribute to unsafe sexual practices, environmental and social factors that encourage underage drinking by college students is also a concern. Campus-based education is needed to both inform students of the risk related to unsafe sexual activity, and to also dialogue about the effect of drinking on decision-making in relation to sexual activity.