Latina Teens and Intimate Partner Violence: How Do Immigrant Parents Influence Daughters' Victimization Risk?

Open Access
Rosell, Laura Maria
Graduate Program:
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
October 05, 2010
Committee Members:
  • Gordon De Jong, Thesis Advisor
  • Deborah Jean Roempke Graefe, Thesis Advisor
  • Alan Booth, Thesis Advisor
  • intimate partner violence
  • IPV
  • dating violence
  • abuse
  • parenting
  • Latinas
  • Latino families
  • teens
  • adolescents
  • immigrants
  • assimilation
Research linking parenting relationships and teens’ dating experiences frequently focuses on parenting’s effect on fertility behaviors. Little research has investigated how parenting might influence teens’ risk of experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), this study examines whether parenting behaviors might serve as risk or protective factors for IPV, and accounts for potential Latino / white and immigrant / non-immigrant differences in the relationship between parenting and IPV outcomes. Findings indicate that parenting behaviors influence IPV victimization risk for adolescent females. Furthermore, risks vary by ethnic (Latina vs. white) and assimilation-related factors, including family-level immigrant status. Results also suggest that parenting is best measured along multiple dimensions in ethnic-comparative studies, rather than by the traditional, four-style typology.