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Fawcett, G., Heise, L., Isita-Espejel, L., & Pick, S. (1999). Changing
Community Response to Wife Abuse: A Research and Demonstration Project
in Iztacalco, Mexico. American Psychologist, 54(1), 41-49.
This article describes the process of designing a multifaceted, community
based intervention to change community responses to wife abuse in Iztacalco,
a low-income community on the outskirts of Mexico City. The goal of
the intervention is to encourage women to recognize and disclose abuse
and to encourage more constructive, less victim blaming attitudes among
family members, friends and the community at large. The intervention
is based on the belief that the response that a woman first gets upon
disclosing her situation will be critical in setting the course of her
future actions. The intervention includes small-scale media (e.g., buttons,
posters, events) and a twelve-session workshop to train women as community
change agents. The design is based on insights derived from formative
research and from the transtheoretical model of behavior change as elaborated
by J.O. Prochaska and C.C. DiClemente (1982) and adapted to the special
case of domestic violence by J. Brown (1997). The article also illustrates
the utility of adapting popular education techniques to the research
setting in order to facilitate more honest disclosure of prevailing
norms and attitudes about abuse.
Flores-Ortiz, Y., Esteban, M., & Carrillo, R.A. (1994). La Violencia
en la Familia: Un Modelo Contextual de Terapia Intergeneracional.
Revista InterAmericana de Psicología/InterAmerican Journal of Psychology,
This journal article (written in Spanish) describes an effective treatment
approach used with a Central American family that has suffered severe
trauma, war-torn situations, migrations, alcoholism, and severe domestic
violence. The model is proposed for similar populations.
Fontes, L. A. (1998). Ethics in family violence research: Cross cultural
Issues. Family Relations, 47, 53-61.
This article examines ethical issues in cross-cultural research on
family violence. It suggests ways for researchers to increase understanding
and avoid abuses of power. Special attention to informed consent, definitions
of the sample, composition of the research team, research methods, and
potential harm and benefit are considered key to designing ethical cross-cultural
research. The discussion is illustrated with examples from the literature
and from the author’s experiences conducting research on sexual
abuse in a shantytown in Chile and with Puerto Ricans in the U.S.
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