Since there is limited research that has compared delinquency and dating aggression among Latino youth, the current analysis examined the rates and cultural correlates associated with delinquency and dating aggression among Latino youth, using data from the Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents study.
The study surveyed 1,525 Latino adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years old about past-year dating aggression perpetration and delinquency. Dating aggression perpetration and delinquency rates and relative risk ratios are presented. Logistic regression analyses examined the role of cultural factors on the perpetration of dating aggression and delinquent behaviors. Results showed that cultural factors had differential influence on dating aggression compared with delinquency. Specifically, victimization, acculturation, and familial support were associated with dating aggression; whereas, only victimization and familial support were associated with delinquency. The results provide guidance for intervention and prevention efforts with Latino youth, particularly on the need for cultural consideration and the supportive role family can play in addressing these behaviors. (publisher abstract modified)
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