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Longitudinal Dating Violence Victimization among Latino Teens: Rates, Risk Factors, and Cultural Influences

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Date Published
February 2016
11 pages
This study used data from two waves of the Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents (DAVILA) study, focusing on the 1) rates of dating violence victimization by gender; 2) risk of experiencing dating violence victimization over time; 3) association of dating violence victimization with other forms of victimization; and 4) association of immigrant status, acculturation, and familial support with dating violence victimization over time.
A total of 547 Latino adolescents, from across the USA, aged 12–18 at Wave 1 participated in both waves of the study. Rates of dating violence were around 19 percent across waves. Dating violence at Wave 1 and non-dating violence victimization were associated with an elevated risk of dating violence during Wave 2. Cultural factors did not distinguish between dating violence trajectories, except for immigrant status and familial support being associated with no dating violence victimization. Overall, dating violence affected a large number of Latino teens and tended to continue over time. (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Published: February 1, 2016