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Dimmitt, J. (1999). Effect of Abuse on Self-Perception of Rural Mexican-American and Non-Hispanic White Adolescents. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 13(1), 12-18. Language: English

Developed a self-concept profile for 123 rural Mexican-American and 44 non-Hispanic White 13-18-yr-olds who have been physically, sexually, or psychologically abused. Students within a rural school district in the southwestern U.S. were administered the Adolescent Self-Perception Profile. The relevance of each self-concept domain to global self-worth was determined. Abused students reported significantly lower perceptions of Self-Worth, Scholastic Ability, and Behavioral Conduct than non-abused students. Differences were also found by ethnicity (Job Competence) and sex (Close Friendship, Athletic Ability). These results represent scientific, defensible reasons for related psychotherapeutic nursing interventions for adolescent abuse. This study proposed to refine the theoretical basis for interventions related to self-concept and woman abuse for rural Mexican American and non-Hispanic White adolescents. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved).

Douglas, C. A. (1990 May). Central American Women: Battered in the USA. Off Our Backs, 3 and 7. Language: English

This magazine article presents an interview with a Hispanic woman who works at a rape and domestic violence program in Virginia. The article highlights the issues of isolation, increased responsibility, fear of deportation, language barriers and work challenges faced by many immigrant battered women in the USA.

Duarte, P. & González, G. (1994). La Lucha Contra la Violencia de Género en México: De Nairobi a Beijing [The Struggle Against Gender Violence in Mexico: From Nairobi to Beijing]. México, DF: COVAC, Asociación Mexicana Contra la Violencia Hacia Las M

This book presents a historical review and analysis of the struggle against VAW in Mexico. The authors present a report of the current status of laws and sanctions against different types of violence, including rape, family violence, sexual abuse of minors, stalking, child and forced prostitution, AIDS and violence, male batterers, and the impact of the issue of domestic violence in academic circles. The book concludes with a vision of feminism as it addresses government services regarding VAW and provides statistics, resources, and a bibliography regarding this issue.

Duarte, P. (1995). Sinfonía de una Ciudadana Inconclusa: El Maltrato Doméstico y la Ciudadanía [Symphony of an Unfinished Citizen: Domestic Abuse and Citizenship]. México, DF: COVAC Asociación Mexicana contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres. Language:

This book, written by one of the founders of the COVAC, The Mexican Association Against Violence Against Women, uses the analogy of a symphony and its component elements to explore the issue of domestic violence and citizenship. In addition to statistics and other data regarding the work of the organization, the author presents an analysis of different theories and conceptualizations regarding domestic violence. She brings into the discussion biological, social, economic, and political elements and points out the need to go beyond patriarchy to include both subjective and social characteristics of gender in order to understand the phenomenon more fully. She concludes by providing suggestions regarding potential ways in which transformation can happen.

Dutton, M. A. (2000). Characteristics of help-seeking behaviors, resources and service needs of battered immigrant Latinas: Legal and policy implications. Georgetown Journal On Poverty Law & Policy, 7(2). Language: English

The purpose of this study was to explore domestic violence and other conditions affecting the lives of undocumented and recently documented Latina women in Washington, DC. A total of 337 women participated. The sample was divided into four groups: physically and/or sexually abused, psychologically abused only, non-abused immigrants, and help-seeking group. The study concluded that many reforms are needed to make the legal, health care, and social services systems more responsive to the needs of battered immigrant women. Service provides must provide culturally sensitive services to battered immigrant women. Reforms are also needed to remove obstacles that prevent battered women’s access to Violence Against Women Act immigration relief and public benefits.

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