Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Domestic Violence on the Mental Health and Academic Achievement of Latino Youth
by Rojo, Vanessa D., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 96; 1504976
Abstract (Summary)

Domestic violence is a pervasive and present problem in America, more so in ethnocultural populations. However, little is understood about the dynamics related to domestic violence in the Latino community. The limited research that exists indicates that the legal and mental health systems are uninformed about the cultural dynamics involved in the effects of domestic violence on Latino youth. Using phenomenological methodology this study surveyed twelve Latino youth, between the ages of ten and twenty-years-old, who have been exposed to domestic violence. Using grounded theory the results reveal that Latino youth are likely to develop emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges. Specifically, these children do not develop secure attachments, and become distrustful of others and their own ability to overcome psychological exigencies. The developmental impairments displayed by the Latino youth in this study were impacted by cultural factors such as poverty, alcoholism, and acculturation levels which were found to be prominent issues for the Latino community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miranda, Alexis O.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Social work, Latin American Studies, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1504976
ISBN: 978-1-267-06236-9
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