Healthy Daughters, Healthy Futures: A Focus Group Analysis to Determine Factors for Enhancing Positive Youth Development for Latina Adolescents

Hisp Health Care Int. 2015;13(3):151-60. doi: 10.1891/1540-4153.13.3.151.


Positive youth development is designed to promote healthy physical, intellectual, psychosocial, and emotional development in the transition from adolescence to adulthood through a primary focus on youth's inherent capacity for positive growth. We conducted 2 focus groups, 1 with Latina mothers (n = 4) and 1 with Latina daughters (n = 4) in central North Carolina, to explore their views on positive youth development. Latina mothers and daughters discussed problems they faced with future aspirations, definitions of health, and cultural differences. These findings can provide a foundation for developing an intervention to empower Latina youth to make a healthy transition to adulthood.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Mothers / psychology
  • North Carolina
  • Nuclear Family
  • Risk-Taking