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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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GONZALEZ-GUARDA, Rosa María; PERAGALLO, Nilda; LYNCH, Ami  and  NEMES, Susanna. Drugs, Women and Violence in the Americas: U.S. Results of a Multi-Centric Pilot Project (Phase 1). rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2010, vol.39, suppl.1, pp.46s-65s. ISSN 0034-7450.

Objectives: To explore the collective and individual experiences that Latin American females in the U. S. have with substance abuse, violence and risky sexual behaviors. Methods: This study was conducted in two phases that were carried out from July 2006 to June 2007 in south Florida. This paper covers Phase 1. In Phase 1, focus groups were conducted among 93 women in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Through content analyses of the focus group transcriptions, major themes were identified. Results: Participants identified substance abuse, violence and risky sexual behaviors as closely related problems of great concern in Latina women in the U.S. Three important themes emerged from the focus groups. These included "Living in the US and the Devaluing of Latino Culture," the "Vicious Cycle of Abuse" and "Breaking the Silence". Conclusions: The results from this study suggest that substance abuse, violence and HIV should be addressed in an integrative and comprehensive manner. Recommendations for the development of policies, programs and services addressing substance abuse, violence and risk for HIV among Latinos are provided.

Keywords : Substance abuse; violence; sexually transmitted diseases; HIV,; women..

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