Teen Perspectives on Protecting Youth from Violence and Teen Pregnancy in an Agricultural Latino Community: Youth in Context: Interactions Among Adolescents, Environment, and Healthcare
While rates of teen pregnancy have decreased nationwide, they remain disproportionately high among Latino youth. Studies in urban populations of older adolescents have documented a relationship between gang affiliation and elevated risk of teen pregnancy, yet little research has focused on the overlap of these factors in non-urban populations. In California, gang-related youth violence and teen pregnancy rates are high in predominantly agricultural areas. Research to identify protective social and structural aspects of young adolescents’ environments is needed to inform development of culturally relevant interventions that support youth in achieving successful transitions through their teenage years.