Healing From Violence

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Healing From Violence

SKU# 9780826124777

Latino Men's Journey to a New Masculinity

Author: Christauria Welland PsyD, Neil Ribner PhD


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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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 26, 2007
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124777
  • EISBN 9780826124784

Table of Contents 

  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
  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
    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
    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