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Risk of Wife Assault in
By Etiony Aldarondo, Glenda
Kaufman Kantor & Jana L. Jasinski
Using data from a national survey, the authors studied commonly recognized
risk markers for wife assault such as age, verbal aggression, violence
in family of origin, family income, relationship conflict, and marital
status, among others. Mexican, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican families
were compared to Anglo-American families.
1,193 individuals participated in this study (653 women and 539
The rate of wife assault was higher among Mexican Americans and
Puerto Ricans than among Mexicans and Anglo Americans.
Mexican and Mexican American women reported lower violence rates
than the men in those groups. The authors believe that fear of deportation,
discrimination, dedication to children and family, and shame may
be important barriers for immigrant women to report violence and
Mexican men were found to be younger and less verbally aggressive
than men from other groups and Mexican families reported lower levels
of conflict in their relationships than families in other groups.
For Mexican men, high levels of conflict and experiencing violence
in their families of origin increased their risk for using violence
against their partners.
In Mexican American families, relationship conflict and lack of
economic resources increased the risk for wife assault.
For Puerto Ricans, only the woman's report of relationship violence
increased the risk for wife assault.
In contrast to what other researchers have found, this study did
not find that age was a significant risk marker in Latino families
(although it was for Anglo American families, when reported by the
Witnessing violence in the family of origin increased the
risk for wife assault in Anglo American families, whereas experiencing
violence in the family of origin did so for Mexican families.
The authors conclude that research with Latino communities must study
both generic and culture-specific variables that may be related to wife
assault, given the enormous diversity within Latino populations.
Aldarondo, E., Kaufman Kantor, G., & Jasinski, J. L. (2002)."A
Risk Marker Analysis of Wife Assault in Latino Families." Violence
Against Women, 8(4), 429-454.
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