Abstract/Details

<i>Hombres en Acciòn (Men in Action)</i>: A Community Defined Domestic Violence Intervention with Mexican Immigrant Men


2010 2010

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

Studies suggest that knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about domestic violence influence the behaviors of Mexican men. However, few interventions have targeted men in efforts to provide domestic violence awareness and health education to a relevant at-risk community that is also challenged by low literacy. Mexican immigrant men, particularly those less acculturated to the dominant U.S. culture, are significantly less likely to access services and more likely to remain isolated and removed from their communities and, more importantly, from their families.

The purpose of this study was to explore and examine how cultural beliefs and behaviors influence the potential of domestic violence from the perspective of the Mexican origin, male immigrant. The research drew on existing community academic partnerships to collaboratively develop a pilot intervention that uses popular education techniques and a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) framework. The specific aims were: (1) to use the principles and practices of CBPR to ensure that the issues addressed and results obtained are relevant to Latinos in Multnomah County, (2) to identify the beliefs, attitudes, and culture about domestic violence and male health for a population of men who are immigrants and of Mexican origin, (3) to develop and prioritize intervention strategies that are community defined, (4) to implement and evaluate a four week pilot project that utilizes community defined, literacy independent curriculum and popular education techniques to address male and family wellness and the prevention of domestic violence.

Nine men participated in this study who reported inadequate or marginal functional literacy at approximately a 4.5 grade level. The findings also revealed a strong consensus among the participants‘ that there is confusion surrounding what constitutes domestic violence and/or what behaviors and social barriers place them at risk for health conditions.

In summary, we found that the domestic violence in the Latino communities cannot be approached as a single issue; it needs to be embraced from a wellness perspective and the impact of domestic violence and health knowledge is navigated by experiences of one‘s past and present. Combining the tools of CBPR with the tools of popular education may allow researchers to address the Latino male‘s concerns with literacy while also examining other, less immediately visible, concerns. When you take the focus off such a delicate subject such as domestic violence and reframe the issue in terms of holistic health, you will then find a more cooperative and less defensive population to work with.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mental health;
Educational psychology;
Ethnic studies;
Hispanic American studies
Classification
0347: Mental health
0525: Educational psychology
0631: Ethnic studies
0737: Hispanic American studies
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Education; Social sciences; Community based participatory research; Domestic violence; Holistic health; Mexican immigrant men; Popular education
Title
<i>Hombres en Acciòn (Men in Action)</i>: A Community Defined Domestic Violence Intervention with Mexican Immigrant Men
Author
Celaya-Alston, Rosemary Carmela
Number of pages
195
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0180
Source
DAI-B 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124581644
Advisor
Henry, Samuel
Committee member
Briggs, Harold; DeAnda, Roberto; Halverson Westerberg, Susan; Smith, Michael
University/institution
Portland State University
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Oregon
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3450001
ProQuest document ID
863849306
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/863849306/abstract
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.