Developmental Trajectory And Impact On Hispanic Women

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Developmental trajectory and impact Hispanic women who are able to escape their perpetrator may be faced with barriers that impact their ability to rise above a lower socioeconomic status. Community resources may provide some aid but are not suffice to sustain a family with a single parent. Hispanic women who are entrapped in an abusive relationship may feel financially obligated to remain with their perpetrator. Some barriers identified by Shah and Shah (2010) include low educational attainment and unemployment post pregnancy. Physical problems women are exposed to as a result of domestic violence include increased instances of gynecological problems, sexually transmitted infections, and urinary tract infections. Migratory status and acculturation have been studied among researchers to explore how these aspects may act as risk and protective factors to Hispanic women who are victims of domestic violence. Caetano, Ramisetty-Mikler, Caetano Vaeth, & Harris (2007) found that both acculturation and stress related to acculturation are congruent with the potential to fall victim to domestic violence. Additionally, substance abuse, depression, suicidal ideation, family conflict is associated with those who experience stress in relation to acculturation. For many children who are raised in Hispanic households that also witness domestic violence, there are both short term and long term impacts that lead to behavior problems generally seen throughout adolescence. In

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