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NCJ Number: NCJ 245211     Find in a Library
Title: Experience of Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Chiara Sabina ; Carlos Cuevas
Corporate Author: School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
United States of America

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2013
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: This study examined the prevalence of dating violence in a sample of male and female Latino adolescents, its coexistence with other victimization forms, victim help-seeking, cultural factors relevant to dating violence, the psychological impact on victims, and the role of social resources in mitigating the impact of dating violence.
Abstract: The study found that 19.5 percent of the 1,525 Latino adolescents (average age of 14.85 years) who were interviewed had experienced dating violence in the past year. Psychological dating violence was the most frequent type of victimization (14.8 percent), followed by physical violence (6.6 percent), sexual violence (5.6 percent), and stalking violence (1 percent). Seventy-one percent of dating-violence victims also had experienced at least one other form of victimization in the past year. Help-seeking efforts were determined for a subset of those who had experienced physical, sexual, and/or stalking dating violence (not psychological). Overall, 15.6 percent of these victims sought help from a formal source, most likely from school personnel (9.2 percent). Informal help was most likely sought from a friend (42.9 percent). Approximately 37 percent of victims sought neither formal nor informal help. Boys were significantly less likely than girls to seek formal help. Regarding cultural factors, those who were high on Latino orientation had lower odds of experiencing any dating violence than those low on Latino orientation. This could be attributed to a cultural emphasis on family support, connectedness, and the welfare of the collective group. Immigrant status did not affect the likelihood of experiencing dating violence. Victims of dating violence self-reported symptoms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, and hostility. Seven recommendations focus on improving the effectiveness of prevention and intervention efforts. Suggestions include education for teens that addresses all forms of dating violence, including psychological dating violence. Methodology is described in detail. 5 figures and 14 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Victim services ; Hispanic Americans ; Psychological victimization effects ; Dating Violence ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-W9-BX-0001
Sale Source: School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Olmsted Building, W-311
Middletown, PA 17057
United States of America

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Northeastern University
204 Churchill Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical) ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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