The Attitudes and Beliefs of Latina Women Victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Effects of Marianismo on Their Decision Making Process.
Topics: Domestic violence, Qualitative research, Quantitative research / Pages: 7 (1622 words) / Published: Dec 16th, 2011

According to the U.S. Dept of Justice (2000), approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Nearly 25% of women were raped and/or physically assaulted or killed by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or dating partner or acquaintance. Each culture has unique factors that determine the services and resources that battered women, children exposed to domestic violence, and abusive partners need. Although literature indicates no significant differences with regard to the nature and severity of Hispanic and non-Hispanic women’s domestic violence experience, Hispanic women (Latina) reported significantly greater trauma symptoms such as depression and lower social and personal self-esteem. In addition, they were less likely to make global attritions for positive events than were non-Hispanic women (2000). There are many studies regarding Hispanic woman and domestic violence, however, little is known about how Intrapersonal constructs (culture and religion) impact their decision making process. The intent of this study is to explore two specific topic areas: the cultural experience of Intimate Partner Violence among Latinas and how the cultural phenomena “marianismo” defined as the traditional idealized gender role impacts their domestic violence experience.

Research Questions/Hypotheses
Research Question #1: What is the relationship between marianismo and marital satisfaction among women of Mexican origin?

Hypothesis #1: Familismo will be positively correlated with marital satisfaction among women of Mexican origin.

It is expected that women who endorse higher levels of familismo will report It is expected that women who endorse higher levels of familismo will report higher levels of marital satisfaction. Conversely, women who endorse lower levels of familismo will report lower levels of marital satisfaction. This hypothesis is based on the Latino literature suggesting family



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