Examining the Sexual Enigma of the Immigrant Paradox with International Students

  • Philip A. Belcastro The City University of New York ~ Borough of Manhattan Community College, United States
  • Hardaye Ramsaroop-Hansen The City University of New York ~ Borough of Manhattan Community College, United States

Abstract

The metamorphosis of core sexual practices and sexual orientation norms resulting from the acculturation of U.S. native and non-native residents remains an enigma. A convenience sample from a metropolitan community college was drawn to describe the consequences of acculturation on U.S. international students’ core sexual practices and sexual orientation. Findings include: (1) observed differences in male international student sexual practices to that of the native male population were attributed to social opportunity and not the immigrant paradox, and (2) female international students’ core sexual practices and sexual orientation shifted over time to the higher risk sexual practices of the native female population. The U.S. needs to commit resources including qualified health educators, to support state mandated public school and undergraduate sex education for U.S. juveniles and young adults.

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Author Biographies

Philip A. Belcastro, The City University of New York ~ Borough of Manhattan Community College, United States

PHILIP A. BELCASTRO, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Health Education Department at the City University of New York-Borough of Manhattan Community College. His research focuses on the health and wellness of persons as well as school and community populations. 

Hardaye Ramsaroop-Hansen, The City University of New York ~ Borough of Manhattan Community College, United States

HARDAYE RAMSAROOP-HANSEN, EdD, MSW, is an Associate Professor in the Health Education Department at the City University of New York-Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her research focuses on the health and wellness of persons as well as school and community populations. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Belcastro, P., & Ramsaroop-Hansen, H. (2018). Examining the Sexual Enigma of the Immigrant Paradox with International Students. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1783–1814. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.231
Section
Research Articles