Acculturation and reported intimate partner violence among Latinas in Los Angeles

Lorena Garcia, Eric L. Hurwitz, Jess F. Kraus

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Abstract

This study sought to understand the relationship between acculturation and reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) among Latinos. A cross-sectional interviewer-administered survey was conducted at public health care clinics throughout Los Angeles County. Logistic regression was used to estimate the effect of acculturation on reporting IPV An increasing trend of reporting IPV was observed among Latinas who were more acculturated (chi-square - 41.02, p =.0006). Highly acculturated Latinas were more likely to report IPV compared with least acculturated Latinas (prevalence odds ration - 2.18, 95% confidence level = 0.98, 4.89) and moderately acculturated Latinas were more likely to report IPV compared with least acculturated Latinas (prevalence odds ration = 1.29, 95% confidence level = 0.69, 2.43). Culturally competent IPV prevention programs may be the key to significantly reducing the number of women exposed to this serious public health problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-590
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

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Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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