Immigrant Latino Couples and Postpartum Contraception: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Sexual Decision-Making

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Background: The number of Latinos in the US is increasing, and they are at higher risk for unintended pregnancies and short interpregnancy intervals.

Purpose: This study examined immigrant Latino couples’ attitudes and perceptions towards contraception in relation to sexual decision-making.

Methods: Pregnant Latinas and their partners (n=40 couples) were recruited from prenatal care clinics in the southeastern US. This was amixed-method study with a concurrent embedded strategy. Descriptive statistics, paired t-tests, interclass correlation, and the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM) were used to analyze the quantitative data. Data from open ended questions were analyzed with content analysis.

Results: On the group-level analysis, men’s Contraceptive Attitudes and Perception Scale scores were significantly different from women’s in four key dimensions: partner (comfort in communicating with partner and partner's attitude), side effects, hassle, and cost (p

Conclusions: Understanding the dyad-level influence on contraceptive attitudes/perceptions, sexual decision-making helps researchers, and practitioners design evidence-based, culturally tailored interventions to assist couples in choosing the best postpartum contraceptives for their family. Decreasing men’s contraceptive barriers by providing correct information may be the first step in mediating the dyad-level factor.


Published 2017 in Horizonte de Enfermería by the School of Nursing of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Matsuda, Yui, Saba Masho, Dorothy Vittner, and Emmanuela Nneamaka Ojukwu. "Immigrant Latino Couples and Postpartum Contraception: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Sexual Decision-Making." Revista Horizonte de Enfermería 28, no. 2 (2017): 4-24. DOI: 10.7764/Horiz_Enferm.28.2.4



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