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Fontes, L.A. (2002).  Child discipline and physical abuse in immigrant Latino families: Reducing violence and misunderstandings.  Journal of Counseling & Development, 80, 31-39.  Language: English

This article discusses corporal punishment, physical abuse, Latino norms of raising children, counseling of families who use physical punishment, and social stressors for Latino immigrant families. This article also explores the common misunderstandings between poor Latino families and professionals concerning physical abuse. It also discusses how to build opposition to corporal punishment among Latino families, use cultural norms to resist corporal punishment, and prevention programming. This article implies that poor Latino immigrant children should get the same protection from physical punishment as the rich children. Finally, it introduces several culturally competent ways for counselors to better attend to Latino families and eradicate violence.

Fontes, L.A., Cruz, M., & TAbachnick, J. (2001).  Views of child sexual abuse in two cultural communities: An exploratory study among African Americans and Latinos.  Child Maltreatment, 6(2), 103-107.  Language: English

This was an exploratory study about child sexual abuse in the African American and Latino community.  The study was conducted in the form of focus group discussions focusing on the definition, prevalence, beliefs, and intervention of child sexual abuse in both cultures. The study found that ethnic culture and gender seem to affect opinions about and knowledge of child sexual abuse.  It also found that current prevention strategies may have different a different impact on different cultural groups.

Frias, S. M., & Angel, R. J. (2005). The risk of partner violence among low-income Hispanic subgroups. Journal of Marriage and Family 67 (August), 552-564. Language: English

The “Hispanic” category used by the Census Bureau and many researchers has no inherent social, cultural, or scientific meaning because it combines individuals and groups that differ with respect to their political, historical, socioeconomic, and religious characteristics. Data suggests that among Hispanics, the risk for partner violence is influenced by both country of origin and acculturation. For example, Mexican-origin women are at a higher risk of abuse than Puerto Rican women. Hispanic women who arrived in the U.S. after the age of 15 are at a lower risk for partner violence than U.S.-born Hispanic women. The analysis is based on a study of poor families in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and San Antonio, TX. The study was based on a sample of 2400 poor families.

Frías-Armenta, M., & McCloskey, L.A. (1998).  Determinants of harsh parenting in Mexico.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 26 (2), 129-139. Language: English

This article addresses commonly cited origins of child abuse and parenting practices in the Mexican culture. It describes a structural model of determinants of harsh parenting among Mexican mothers. The concept of corporal punishment in this model is explained by topics such as authoritarian parenting style, and family dysfunction. The interviewees (n=105) were mothers recruited from Sonara (northern) Mexico. The results indicated that parenting style is the most significant factor in the explanation of abusive behavior and cultural beliefs play a major role in parenting among Mexican families.

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