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Shortcoming of Research

In this lesson, we’ll showcase a number of studies that incorporate data and observations on Latinx populations.

We should point out that the approach is inherently challenged for a few reasons.

First, the Latinx community in the United States is highly diverse, hailing from a wide variety of regions, ethnicities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and periods of immigration. In our efforts to look for and underscore inference, we’re liable to overstate, understate or simply overlook key points. Much of what we’ll convey won’t apply to all or even most people who identify as coming from Latinx heritage. Few studies that we cite and rely upon characterize LatinX population with much detail, leaving us likely to overgeneralize or miss underlying truths that apply to specific subgroups.

Next, the data provided here comes from patient populations studied in the United States and has published in respected, but uniformly, English-language journals. The degree to which the study design or findings are subject to bias, or are generalizable to patients in other countries, remains an open question. In addition, there may be high quality studies or findings not published in peer-reviewed English language journals that our rundown does not include.

Finally, most studies only categorize groups according to female heritage, race, or ethnicity. This tendency likely leads us to ignore factors as they pertain to male fertility, or possibly important distinctions between couples where both partners identify as Latinx as opposed to just one member.