Neighborhood Contexts Experienced by Young Mexican-American Women: Enhancing Our Understanding of Risk for Early ChildbearingJournal of Urban Health (2012)
AbstractYoung Mexican-American women are disproportionately affected by teen pregnancy and early childbearing. While many of the studies that have investigated this population’s high risk for early childbearing have focused predominantly on micro-level factors, a growing body of research has demonstrated the importance of neighborhood-level factors in shaping risk for this outcome. In order to elucidate the role of neighborhood context with regards to early childbearing among adolescent Mexican-American women, it is important to understand what these young women consider to be their neighborhood context and how they experience these contexts. This study utilized a mixed-methods design incorporating participatory photography, photo-elicitation, and focus groups in order to gain a more nuanced understanding of how neighborhood context is conceptualized and experienced by Mexican-American young women, and how these experiences may influence risk for early childbearing. Major findings include: (1) participants view the blocks on which they live as their neighborhood, but their exposure to neighborhood context extends beyond these blocks and includes the transient spaces they move through daily; and (2) within their neighborhood contexts, participants are influenced by experiences of discrimination and the presence of gangs and violence. These findings point to the importance of neighborhood-level factors in the lives of adolescent Mexican-American women, and may be used to inform future studies looking at the role of neighborhood context in shaping risk for early childbearing among this population.
- Hispanics (United States),
- Immigrants -- United States,
- Health -- Hispanics
Publication DateFebruary, 2012
Citation InformationDawn M. Richardson and Amani M. Nuru-Jeter. "Neighborhood Contexts Experienced by Young Mexican-American Women: Enhancing Our Understanding of Risk for Early Childbearing" Journal of Urban Health Vol. 89 Iss. 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dawn_richardson/5/