Healing From Violence: Latino Men's Journey to a New Masculinity

Healing From Violence: Latino Men's Journey to a New Masculinity

by Christauria Welland, Neil Ribner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826124771

ISBN-13: 9780826124777

Pub. Date: 11/26/2007

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

According to the 2000 Census, Latinos accounted for 12.5% of the US population, or 35.3 million residents-the fastest growing population in the United States. The influence of this large and growing demographic can be seen throughout every academic discipline in the numerous books, journals, and societies on multicultural assessment, counseling, and research that

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Overview

According to the 2000 Census, Latinos accounted for 12.5% of the US population, or 35.3 million residents-the fastest growing population in the United States. The influence of this large and growing demographic can be seen throughout every academic discipline in the numerous books, journals, and societies on multicultural assessment, counseling, and research that have begun to appear. However, one area of inquiry remains largely unexplored; domestic violence within Latino families. Although it appears that such violence occurs as frequently in Latino families as in Caucasian families, little research has been done on this topic and very few counseling programs explicitly developed for Latino families currently exist.

Healing from Violence fills this void. Drawing on a research study of 150 Latino men who completed a year of court-ordered treatment in Southern California, and a four-year pilot study, the authors mix quantitative and qualitative methodology in order to provide counselors with an opportunity to hear first-hand how Latino partner abusive men think about manhood (machismo), interpersonal relationships, (respeto, personalismo, and simpatÌa), and family life (familismo). The authors then use these in-depth portraits to guide counselors in tailoring treatment plans to the specific needs of Latino men.

Voices from Healing From Violence:

"How should a Mexican man be? Respectful, understanding, loving, responsible. A good communicator. If a man had all that, and his partner too, wow! It would be great. I'd like to be like the man I just described - the ideal man, loving, respectful, all that." - Ramon

"The whole time I've been in the program I've been doing something I had never done in my life - reflecting and taking stock of my own life. Putting the good and the bad in the balance." - Raul

"One of the goals of group therapy, of any therapy, is to give hope. Even the man with the worst possible case, where he has lost his marriage and custody of his children, can learn to use respectful relationship skills at work and in a potential new relationship. He may have brought great losses upon himself, but his future is not necessarily bleak." - the Authors

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826124777
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/26/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

  1. What is Intimate Partner Violence?
  2. How Serious is the Problem of Intimate Partner Violence?

    Intimate Partner Violence in Latin America

    About the Men Whose Voices are Heard in this Book

    Summary

  3. Why Do men Assault Their Partners?
  4. Theoretical Perspectives on the Etiology of Partner Abuse

    Theories of Etiology of IPV among Latinos

    What Puts Men at Risk to Be Violent in the Home? Risk Factors

    Other Risk Factors in Partner Abuse

    Traditional Gender Roles, a Non-Risk Factor?

    Protective Factors

  5. Latino Culture: Approaches to Therapy
  6. Definition of Culture

    Gender Schemas and Immigration

    Socioeconomic Status versus Race

    The Immigration Experience

    Acculturation and Acculturation Stress

    Perception of Mental Illness and Attitudes Toward Treatment

    Ecological Context

    Family Organization

    Migration History and Acculturation

    Effective Therapeutic Modes for Latinos

    Effective Therapeutic Techniques

    Characteristics of the Culturally Aware Therapist

    Therapist Credibility

    Treatment of Partner Abusive Men

    Does Treatment for Partner Abusive Men Work?

  7. Who are the Men Being Treated for IPV? Results of a Survey
  8. Ethnicity of Survey Respondents

    Urban versus Rural Origin

    Number of Children in Family of Origin

    History of Abuse and Neglect

    History of Witnessing IPV

    Father's Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism

    Mother's Status in the Family of Origin

    Religious Identification

    Marital Status

    Particulars of the IPV Incident

    Children Witnessing IPV

    Low Socioeconomic Status

    Low Academic Achievement

    Employment Status and Unemployment

    Alcohol Abuse by Respondents

    Age of Respondents

    Depression

    Relationship Conflict

    Generalized Aggression

    Extended Family and Social Support

    Level of Acculturation

    Summary of Survey Findings

    Additional Findings from the Survey: Major Risk Factors

  9. The Qualitative Method: Researching Gender Roles, History of Family Violence, and Coping Skills in Partner Abusive Latino Men
  10. Qualitative In-Depth Interviews

    Development of the Interview Schedule

    Data Collection

    Transcription of the Interview

    Data Analysis Using the Constant Comparative Method

    Communication of the Outcome of the Study

    Violence as a Way of Life

    Traditional Gender Roles as the Bedrock of Violence towards Women

    Today's Perpetrator is Often Yesterday's Victim: Child Abuse and Neglect in the Family of Origin

    Maladaptive Coping Skills

    Environmental Stressors

  11. Protective Factors: What is it About Latino Culture that Makes Partner Violence Unacceptable in Theory?
  12. Positive Aspects of Male Gender Roles

    Familismo

    Spirituality

    What Was It Like for the Men to be in Treatment for Partner Abuse?

    Group Behaviors

    Therapist Interventions

    Organizational Factors

  13. Making Decisions about Personal Change and Healing: Outcomes of Treatment
  14. Treatment Outcomes

    Contributions to the Group Experience

    Overcoming Substance Abuse and Dependence

    The Need for Public Education

  15. Personal Transformation: Redefining Self as Person, Husband, and Father
  16. Changes in Gender Role Perceptions

    Appreciation of Gender Equality

    Importance of Family and New Parenting Skills

    Sharing the Information They Have Received

    Culturally Specific Topics Identified as Helpful Treatment Components

  17. Partner Abusive Latino Men on a Journey to Redefine Their Masculinity for the Twenty-First Century
  18. Cultural Adaptation of Treatment for Latino Partner Abusive Men

    Adaptations to the Program

    The Pilot Program

    Where Do We Go from Here?

    Appendix A: Lessons Learned

    Appendix B: Results Of Demographic And Risk Factor Survey
    Of Latino Domestic Violence Group Members

References

Index

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