Latino Sexual Beliefs Scale: An Exploratory Factor Analysis of Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men
The catalyzing forces behind risky sexual behavior are a rich area of interest for public health researchers concerned with reducing HIV risk. Social cognitive theory would suggest that sexual beliefs are a viable example of one such influential agent. Recognizing that culture plays an important role in forming such sexual beliefs, and seeking to understand the unique HIV risks present for Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), this article presents an exploratory factor analysis of the 13-item Latino Sexual Beliefs Scale (LSBS) created as part of a larger study to investigate predictors of condom use among a sample of 482 MSM born in Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic and living in the U.S. The current analysis identified two psychometric factors in the LSBS as Romantic Exigency (containing six items with a mean loading of.62) and Sexual Acquiescence (containing seven items with a mean loading of.57). This is the first factor analysis conducted on the 13-item LSBS and represents the first known quantitative measure of Latino cultural sexual beliefs related to condom use for Latino MSM. Implications for future research include further validation, use in studies exploring the role of sexual beliefs on condom use, and possible thematic targets in HIV risk reduction interventions.
Archives of Sexual Behavior
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Zeglin, R.J., Hergenrather, K.C., Poppen, P.J. et al. Latino Sexual Beliefs Scale: An Exploratory Factor Analysis of Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men. Arch Sex Behav 47, 299–308 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-017-0988-3