Attitudes, Behaviors, and Health Needs of Adolescents and Young Men in La Romana, Dominican Republic

We propose to conduct a cross-sectional study of the needs, attitudes, and behaviors of La Romana young adult male community. For recruitment, we will target young men in different communities in La Romana and surrounding areas. We aim to assess the needs and potential barriers/facilitators to health care access, perceptions of risk, risk behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge about disease prevention, STI/HIV and pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, exposure to violence, and mental health. We included a masculinity scale in order to assess masculinity in the context of health seeking behaviors and health in young men in La Romana, to assess the influence of these sociocultural norms of masculinity and gender on attitudes and behavior, as masculinity has a significant impact on risk behaviors that can lead to infection and prevent men from seeking health care when they need it. We aim to conduct a 40-minute survey among 500 young men in La Romana ages 16-25 years of age.


Silvia Cunto-Amesty


La Romana, Dominican Republic

Areas of Focus

  • Access to Health Care
  • Gender, Sexuality, and LGBTQ Health
  • Health Care Discrimination
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Violence and Health
  • Women's Health