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acculturation, enculturation, Latinx males, psychological intimate partner violence, low income

Degree Name

Psychology (BA)



First Advisor

Matthew D. Johnson, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Christina Balderrama Durbin, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Richard Mattson, Ph.D ; Quinn Hendershot, M.S.


Social Sciences

Subject Heading(s)

Hispanic American men -- Psychology ; Intimate partner violence ; Low-income parents -- Psychology


In this study, I investigated the individual and additive effects of both acculturation and enculturation on experiencing psychological intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization within low-income Latinx males. I hypothesized that there would be a significant positive association between acculturation and psychological IPV victimization, a significant negative association between enculturation and psychological IPV victimization, and a significant negative association between the additive effects of acculturation and enculturation on psychological IPV victimization. To accomplish these aims, this study conducted a secondary analysis of the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing study (FFCWS) data, which assessed low-income mothers and fathers that had just had a child. A total of 722 Latinx fathers were included in a direct binomial logistic regression, in which psychological IPV victimization was the outcome with two additional predictors: acculturation (i.e., interview language) and enculturation (i.e., attachment to ethnic identity). Acculturation was associated with an increase in the likelihood of experiencing psychological IPV victimization, whereas enculturation was not associated with experiencing psychological IPV victimization. These findings point to a potential the severity of acculturation as it relates to experiencing psychological IPV victimization within low-income Latinx males. The implications of Latinx male enculturation and acculturation are discussed.


Special thanks to Quinn Hendershot, M.S., Matthew D. Johnson, Ph.D., Christina Balderrama Durbin, Ph.D., and Richard Mattson, Ph.D., for their guidance and support throughout this journey.

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