The Sexual Construction of Latino Youth
This study would never have been completed without the generous support of many individuals
and organizations. First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Peter
Aggleton, Chief of the Social and Behavioral Studies and Support Unit of the World Health
Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS. Not only did Dr. Aggleton provide us with
invaluable technical advice, but he was also instrumental in securing WHO funding on our
We would also like to thank Dr. Ellyn Kaschak of the San Jose State University, California, and
Dr. Sara Sharratt of the University of California in Sonoma; both were of great help to our team
of researchers and field-workers. Moreover, Dr. Sharratt also assisted in the preparation of the
interview guide and in the training of interviewers. Anna Arroba, Coordinator of Gender
Programmes at ILPES, and Dr. Doris Sossa were equally generous in their support, with Dr.
Sosa in particular providing vital assistance through his interpretation of interview findings and
by reviewing earlier drafts of the present work.
Meanwhile, Pilar Saavedra is to be thanked for her timely translations of bibliographical material
from English into Spanish, as well as her careful editing of the Spanish text. Maria Laroche was
responsible for the English translation of this work.
We must also acknowledge the tireless support provided by a number of ILPES staff members.
Administrative director Rodrigo Vargas coordinated all logistical aspects of project
implementation, as well as engaging in the transcription and preparation of data for analysis.
Rolando Guevara, meanwhile, developed the data base which was subsequently used to
organize and analyze the research findings.
In similar fashion, special mention must be made of all those who were involved in the project
as interviewers and transcribers. Among the former group are Abelardo Araya, Kattia Castellón,
Jenny Castro, Kattia Chinchilla, Larissa Fallas, Glenn Fonseca, Tatiana Fonseca, Tamara
THE CONSTRUCTION OF LATIN YOUTH