Qualitative Assessment of Venues for Purposive Sampling of Hard-to-Reach Youth: An Illustration in a Latino Community

Colette L. Auerswald, Karen Greene, Alexandra Minnis, Irene Doherty, Jonathan Ellen, Nancy Padian

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Abstract

Background: Latino youth suffer disproportionately from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but studies of the social context of their sexual behaviors are lacking. Goal: Our qualitative assessment of recruitment venues in a Latino neighborhood had 3 objectives: to identify venues where youth at risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs could be found; to describe different youth "crowds"; and to investigate how and where youth meet their sex partners. Study Design: We conducted ethnographic interviews with 62 youth recruited primarily from street sites. Mapping of venues was conducted with Map-Info. Results: Youth crowds included the Regulars, gang-related crowds, street-economy affiliated crowds, and female crowds. Maps demonstrated the dominance of the venues in the Mission by gang members. Street sites are important venues for meeting sexual partners. Conclusion: The qualitative assessment produced insights and hypotheses that can contribute to the planning of research, outreach, testing, and interventions with Latino youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalSexually transmitted diseases
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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