Latino adolescent mothers and fathers in South Texas managing violence

Janna Lesser, Manuel Angel Oscós-Sánchez, Carolyn Davis

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Abstract

During the course of this study young Latino parents living in San Antonio, TX shared their stories. Their stories draw attention to the multiple forms of violence they experienced in the past, continue to experience, and are forced to manage. Their lives occur within the context of enduring social disparities and exposure to violence. At a young age they develop strategies to manage violence, but new challenges with violence manifest themselves as they enter into intimate partner relationships. For some of these youth, parenthood is perceived as a transforming experience that offers an opportunity for a positive change in their life trajectory. They recognize the need to find non-violent ways to manage their relationships with their intimate partner and their children. Culturally-appropriate intervention strategies that focus on developing relationships of equality and balance are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010

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  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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