Predictors of Female Victimization: Intimate Partner Violence among Asian and Latina Immigrants – Differences and Similarities
Morrison, Donna R
Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs in all racial and ethnic groups. Both Asian and Latinx cultures are deeply influenced by patriarchal family values, which support female submission and endorse male violence. As immigrants, Asian-Americans and Latinx-Americans also face acculturative stress when adapting to life in the United States. The paper analyzes data from the National Latinx and Asian-American Study (NLAAS) using a set of logistic and linear probability regression models. The dependent variable of the study is female victimization by IPV by male intimate partners. Key explanatory variables are race, patriarchal family values, and acculturative stress. The results suggest that, in Asian and Latinx immigrant households, both patriarchal values and acculturative stress contribute significantly to female victimization by IPV. The association of the patriarchy-related stressor to victimization by IPV is similar for Asian-American females and Latina-Americans. However, acculturation stress is more significantly correlated with IPV among Latinas than among Asians. The study offers insights on how to target IPV differently for different population groups.
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