Keywords

adolescent dating violence, sexual assault, Latino, qualitative, mixed methods, rural

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-07-21

Publisher

Children and Youth Services Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

Included in

Social Work Commons

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