Latino Women Study. Creating a Health Behavior Questionnaire Presentation prepared for: University of Texas at Austin Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Ph.D. Patria Rojas, M.P.H., M.S.W. Florida International University Miami, Florida NIDA Grant R24 14260-02. Purpose of Presentation.
Creating a Health Behavior Questionnaire
Presentation prepared for:
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Ph.D.
Patria Rojas, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Florida International University
NIDA Grant R24 14260-02
Rationale for Study: Lack of research on the intergenerational transmission of drug use from Latina mothers to daughter
Focus of Study:
Literature search was conducted on all the constructs
The literature review process included:
Search engines (i.e., FIU Library Catalog , HAPI, Wiley Science Electronic and Copernic among others)
Obtaining scales from organizations’ personnel and from the creators of the different scales
Discussing scales with creators of the scales when possible
Reviewing the references of obtained articles.Review of Literature Activities
Scales were evaluated by two Ph.D. level and two Master level research team members with extensive research experience in collecting data on the drug using behaviors of Latino populations
Weekly meetings were held to discuss scale appropriateness based on the literature review
If scale was selected, researchers examined terminology and changed it as needed to increase clarity and appropriateness to the study’s region (i.e., Spanish terms to define “high on drugs” such as enchufado and colgado).Procedure for Review of Existing Scales
 Independently owned pharmacies found mostly in Latin American neighborhoods that began due to the high price of medications where the pharmacist may recommend medications, first aid and advice. In some instances these pharmacies may sell a combination herbal, alternative medicines and beauty supplies.
Sample criteria for selection of scales level research team members with extensive research experience in collecting data on the drug using behaviors of Latino populations
Excellent reliability and validity scores (i.e., α=.93 for parent attachment on a sample of 27 adults).
Language appropriateness for Latino women
Widely used in other studies
Available in English and Spanish (Preferred)
Utilized with minority women (Preferred)
Utilized with Latino women (Preferred).
C: Results from the review of literature:
Over 35 scales were reviewed (i.e., 3 acculturation scales, 3 attachment scales, 7 substance abuse, 4 social support)
3 substance abuse scales were combined to measure use, frequency, and health consequencesCriteria Utilize to Determine the Inclusion of Existing Scales in the Questionnaire
Gil, R.M. & Vasquez, C.I. (1996). The Maria Paradox. New York: Berkley Publishing.
Lamazares, S. (2002, December 17). Cada cuatro días y medio cierra una farmacia de barrio en la capital. Retrieved October 26, 2004, from http://www.boletinfarmacos.org/042003/noticias_de_americalatina.htm
Stevens, E.D. (1973). Marianismo: The other face of machismo in Latin America. In A. Decastello (Ed.), Female and Male in Latin America. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Acknowledgements: The Latino Drug Abuse Research Center Women’s Study is funded by the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) Grant (grant #DA014260).
We wish to thank Dr. Maria Felix Ortiz for her suggestions and useful feedback during the preparation of the study’s protocol and this presentation. Thanks to Michelle Hamann and Guitelle Rahil for their assistance.references