Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Heidi Levitt

Second Advisor

Alice S. Carter

Third Advisor

David Pantalone


Cultural practices and values guide many types of behavior, including sexual behavior. Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) are the largest group within the Latino community to be affected by HIV. Studies suggest that cultural practice might affect choices about engagement in sexual behaviors that can result in HIV acquisition. In this study, I explored the relations between the Latino values of traditional machismo, caballerismo and familismo (familial honor, familial support, interconnectedness, and subjugation of self) and unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) and the appeal of sex without condoms (ASWC) among Latino sexual minorities. Results indicated that Latino cultural values are not associated with UAI. However, higher levels familial honor and traditional machismo were positively associated with ASWC and IH. These findings suggest that exploration of gender roles and the significance of family are important aspect to be included in HIV prevention and intervention for this ethnic group.


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