Intimate Partner Violence Among Pregnant and Parenting Latina Adolescents
The purpose of this study was to examine the nature and extent of mutual violence among pregnant and parenting Latina adolescent females and their partners. The sample consisted of 73 Latina adolescent females (aged 14 to 20) who were referred to a community-based organization for case management, education, and psychosocial support for pregnant and parenting adolescents. They completed the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2) as part of a pretest to evaluate this intervention program. Only 16 percent of the adolescents reported no use of aggressive conflict tactics. Eighty-four percent reported using at least one form of minor psychological aggression, and 62 percent reported using at least one form of minor physical assault over the past 6 months. Mutuality of conflict was high, especially in cases of minor assault by partner. There was no difference in severity or chronicity of conflict between those who were pregnant and those who were not. Female respondents reported that they and their partners engaged in comparable levels of sexual coercion. The authors discuss the implications for reducing intimate partner violence among adolescents. Modified Author Abstract.