The Role of Acculturation and Intimate Partner Violence on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Hispanic Youth With Child Welfare Contact

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    Abstract

    Research suggests that Hispanic youth with intimate partner violence (IPV) exposure report fewer trauma symptoms compared with youth from other racial/ethnic groups. However, no study has examined possible explanations for this finding. Our objective was to study the association between acculturation, IPV, and post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms among Hispanic youth and to test whether acculturation moderates the relationship between IPV and PTS symptoms. This analysis used data from 271 Hispanic youth aged 8 years or older participating in the second cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW II). We conducted multiple linear regression analyses to achieve our study aims. We did not find a statistically significant relationship between IPV exposure and PTS symptoms among Hispanic youth (B = 0.21, 95% confidence interval [CI] = [−0.09, 0.52]), or that acculturation moderated this relationship (B = 0.04, 95% CI = [−0.23, 0.32]). However, we found a significant relationship between PTS symptoms and acculturation level. Specifically, higher levels of acculturation were associated with more reports of PTS symptoms (B = 1.03, 95% CI = [0.13, 1.93]). These study results highlight the need to consider the role of acculturation when working with Hispanic youth involved with child welfare.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)10080-10100
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
    Volume36
    Issue number21-22
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 2021

    Keywords

    • Latino
    • acculturation
    • child protective services
    • child welfare
    • domestic violence
    • intimate partner violence
    • post-traumatic stress disorder

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Applied Psychology

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