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Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Dating Violence Among Latino Ninth-Grade Students
Preventive Medicine (2004)
  • Maureen Sanderson, University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Ann L. Coker, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Robert E. Roberts, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Susan R. Tortolero, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Belinda Reininger, University of Texas at Brownsville
Abstract
Background. Studies of dating violence among Latino men and women have found that victims who are less acculturated have lower rates of dating violence. None of these studies have focused on adolescents. We assessed acculturation, ethnic identity, and dating violence victimization among Latino ninth-grade students. Methods. Students from 13 high schools representing 24% of ninth-grade students in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley during 2000–2001 completed questionnaires. This analysis is restricted to students age 14 years or older who self-identified as Hispanic or Latino (n = 4,525). Logistic regression was performed to estimate the risk of dating violence associated with measures of acculturation and ethnic identity. Results. Latino female adolescents were more likely to report dating violence victimization in the past 12 months (8.7%) than were males (6.4%). Parental birthplace outside of the United States was significantly associated with a reduced likelihood of dating violence victimization among females. Reporting a great deal of ethnic discrimination was strongly associated with increased dating violence victimization among females. Conclusions. These findings suggest that greater acculturation may be associated with greater prevalence of dating violence victimization among females. Understanding those aspects of Latino culture that may impact risk of dating violence could have important public health implications.
Keywords
  • Acculturation,
  • Ethnic identity,
  • Dating violence,
  • Latino,
  • Adolescent
Publication Date
August, 2004
Citation Information
Maureen Sanderson, Ann L. Coker, Robert E. Roberts, Susan R. Tortolero, et al.. "Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Dating Violence Among Latino Ninth-Grade Students" Preventive Medicine Vol. 39 Iss. 2 (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anncoker/46/