adolescent dating violence, sexual assault, Latino, qualitative, mixed methods, rural
Mexican youth from impoverished areas are at increased risk for experiencing relationship violence. Research in the United States has suggested that perpetration may be contextualized by culturally-influenced gender values, specifically performance of negative aspects of male masculinity (i.e., machismo) and its female counterpart (i.e., marianismo). This study utilized focus group methods to explore how middle school adolescents (N = 98) from a rural area of Central Mexico differentiate between healthy and unhealthy dating relationships.
We evoked a feminist developmental lens to interpret themes which centralized males as physical and sexual aggressors and to offer culturally-relevant program and practice recommendations.
Original Publication Citation
Hoffman, S., Rueda, H. A., & *Beasley, L (2019). Youth perspectives of health care in Central Mexico: An application of Massey’s critical health framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 896-909.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rueda, Heidi Adams; Hoffman, Steven; and Grytza, Kaitlin, "Proving their love: Violence and gender norms in descriptions of relationships among rural Mexican adolescents" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4115.
Children and Youth Services Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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