Emerging Adulthood, Regular Migration and Sexuality: Latin American Immigrants in Madrid

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The main idea of this paper is to discuss about the sexual and reproductive health of Latin American immigrants in Madrid, briefly approaching three different questions: do they believe that there are differences about sexual and reproductive health issues between what they lived in their countries and Spain?; are they having different behaviors in Spain than in their origin countries and, if yes, which ones?; and finally, what do they perceived about sexual health services and access in Spain? Regular Latin American immigrant's sexuality in Europe has been rarely addressed by researchers. Even the known importance of irregular migration sexuality studies, because of the risks and vulnerability to which migrants are exposed, we should ask ourselves about what is happening with those regular migrants that fit into the emerging adult category, those who are emigrating to pursue college or postgraduate courses, those who have been living in their parent´s home until migration, and that in most cases they are not married, and do not have children. First of all I want to make some methodological and theoretical considerations about the research from which this data come from: From a qualitative background the sample focuses on regular immigrants, women and men that fit into the emerging adulthood category. Thirty-two in depth interviews were made in Madrid, addressing sexual believes and behaviours through life, especially during the migration process. My research includes interviews with Argentinean, Bolivian, Ecuadorian, and Mexican emerging adulthoods. The exclusion criteria did not contain sexual identity, but the final sample only includes one man that identifies himself as gay, and one woman identified h... ... middle of paper ... ...; Disponible en: http://www.prb.org/Articles/2005/MexicanMigrantCommunitiesMayBeonVergeofHIVAIDS Epidemic.aspx. Boerma, J.T. y S.S. Weir, Integrating Demographic and Epidemiological Approaches to Research on HIV/AIDS: The Proximate-Determinants Framework. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2005. 191: p. S61-S67. Castillo-Mancilla, J., A. Allshouse, C. Collins, et al., Differences in sexual risk behavior and HIV/AIDS risk factors among foreign-born and US-born Hispanic women. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2012. 14(1): p. 89-99. Jemal, A., F. Bray, M.M. Center, et al., Global cancer statistics. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2011. 61(2): p. 69-90. Hermans, H.J.M. y H.J.G. Kempen, Moving cultures: The perilous problems of cultural dichotomies in a globalizing society. American Psychologist, 1998. 53: p. 1111-1120

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