Mexican American Female Adolescents’ Perceptions of Relationships and Dating Violence
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2012
© 2012 Sigma Theta Tau International
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 215–222, September 2012
How to Cite
Haglund, K., Belknap, R. A. and Garcia, J. T. (2012), Mexican American Female Adolescents’ Perceptions of Relationships and Dating Violence. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44: 215–222. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01452.x
- Issue published online: 31 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2012
- Accepted April 26, 2012
- Dating violence;
Purpose: This study fills a gap regarding the perspectives of Mexican American female adolescents on dating relationships and dating violence (DV).
Methods: This was a qualitative descriptive study. Focus groups included 20 Mexican American young women, primarily first and second generation, mean age 14.5 years (SD= 2.5). Data were analyzed with categorical analysis.
Findings: Participants described key components of DV and identified cultural aspects that may serve to promote healthy dating relationships.
Conclusions: Family-based interventions to promote exploration of gender roles and parent-child communication may foster biculturalism as well as promote healthy dating relationships and prevent violence within this cultural group.
Clinical Relevance: In the United States, 10% to 40% of teens experience DV. Hispanic females experience more physical DV than their White peers.