Culturally Specific Treatment for Partner-Abusive Latino Men: A Qualitative Study to Identify and Implement Program Components
These authors describe the research that formed the basis of a Spanish-language interpersonal violence (IPV) treatment program designed to be culturally appropriate for Latino immigrant men, and piloted for 4 years with their input. The authors collected data using a demographic survey and qualitative interviews of Latino IPV perpetrators in Southern California. Culturally-specific topics emphasized by participants and integrated into the program include effective parenting skills for men, gender roles, discussion of discrimination towards immigrants and women, immigration and changing gender roles, marital sexual abuse, and spirituality as related to violence prevention. Attention was also given to alcohol abuse and childhood trauma. Results suggest the desirability of an empathic and culturally-sensitive approach, without diminishing responsibility. This program was designed to help clinicians refine their skills and effectiveness in working with this rapidly expanding population. Modified Author Abstract.