The sponsors had no involvement in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; or in the writing of the research article. The study was conducted while both authors were at the Public Health Institute. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The U. But there are disparities among groups of teens. Latina teens have the highest teen birth rate of any racial or ethnic group.
Falling Through the Cracks: Latina Dropouts
After two years of ESL classes, she learned firsthand how hard it is to get a green card — and what that means. Later, while attending college, Claudia took a job as an intake counselor at Life Is Precious, a nonprofit that treats young women from Brooklyn and the Bronx who had just been released from hospitals after trying to take their lives — often after a second attempt. She was shocked to learn that, in New York City, 39 percent of Latinas become pregnant as teenagers, 37 percent drop out of school, and 23 percent attempt suicide. They came to the program to vent, but I had no medium for venting myself. Adolescent Latinas face similar obstacles: they may not speak English, are often undocumented and may have been separated from their parents. In families where parents are working two to three jobs to make ends meet, young women are encouraged to become caregivers, wives and mothers rather to than to study, graduate high school or attend college.
Inspiring, Empowering, and Preparing Young Latinas
Unbeknownst to friends and family, she cried constantly. Before long, she began to cut herself. For Latina adolescents coming of age, this is not uncommon.
We had a really hard time understanding each other. I have no reason to believe that our girls are attempting suicide any less. Skip navigation! Story from Wellness. Sometimes, she would intentionally burn herself with her curling iron.