Young Latinas

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Young Latinas and a Cry for Help is an EDITORIAL PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ON July 21, 2006 that reviews a range of social problems that plague young Latina women. The editorial summaries the findings of several studies published in the Spanish language newspaper La Prensa/el Diario. The editorial seeks to inform readers unfamiliar with Latinas about their problems and seeks to inspire them to take action on behalf of young Latinas. The editorial begins with a review of the scope and causes of attempted suicide. The study found that one in six young Hispanic women have attempt suicide. Hispanic women attempt suicide one a half times more than non-Hispanic black and white teenagers. Dr. Zayas says that the suicide attempt is higher for Latinas who are the first born generation in the United States. The editorial also describes the problem of education and unwed motherhood. About one quarter of Latina teens drop out. One of the main reasons is because they don’t have money. Latinas, especially those in recently arrived families, often live in poverty and without health insurance. Then the editorial talks about unwed motherhood. Federal statistics show that about 24 percent of Latinas are mothers under the age of 20. Which is three times the rate of none Hispanic white teens. One of the reasons is because of religion believes. Religion beliefs in Hispanic families often limit sex education and rule out abortion. In the close the editorial tells us that solving these problems require more than research. What is needed is a larger effort that includes educators, policymakers, families and…...

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