Violence against women: Examining ethnic differences and commonalities

Investigated cultural differences and similarities in the options that a woman perceives, the help she seeks, and the nature and scope of violence she experiences in an intimate relationship using a group discussion format. Adult volunteer Ss represented the African American, Anglo American, Asian American, and Mexican American communities. The 12 focus groups were comprised of 3 to 10 Ss of the same ethnicity, gender, and current residence (i.e., shelter or community). The following central themes are discussed: intersection of gender and ethnicity, immigration as a challenge to family and cultural history, the role of social institutions, family and friends, and the range of violent experiences and their outcomes, including psychological and economic consequences. Observations relevant to research, policy, and service provision are offered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Author: 
Sorenson,Susan B.
Notes: 
LA- English AN- 1996-03663-001
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
123
End Page: 
145
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Evaluation Review
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 
Drawing upon a group discussion format, this study investigated cultural differences and similarities in the options a woman perceives, the help she seeks, and the nature and scope of violence she experiences in an intimate relationship. Adult volunteer participants represented the African American, Anglo American, Asian American, and Mexican American communities. The twelve focus groups were comprised of 3 to 10 participants of the same ethnicity, gender, and current residence (i.e., shelter or community). The following central themes were addressed: intersection of gender and ethnicity, immigration as a challenge to family and cultural history, the role of social institutions, family and friends, and the range of violent experiences and their outcomes, including psychological and economic consequences. Observations relevant to research, policy, and service provision are offered.
Topic Areas: 
Effects; racial/ethnic differences; vulnerability
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
376
Publication Date: 
1996