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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Feb;31(2):96-102. doi: 10.3109/01612840903308523.

Latino adolescent mothers and fathers in south Texas managing violence.

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  • 1University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Family Nursing, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA.


During the course of this study young Latino parents living in San Antonio, TX shared their stories. Their stories draw attention to the multiple forms of violence they experienced in the past, continue to experience, and are forced to manage. Their lives occur within the context of enduring social disparities and exposure to violence. At a young age they develop strategies to manage violence, but new challenges with violence manifest themselves as they enter into intimate partner relationships. For some of these youth, parenthood is perceived as a transforming experience that offers an opportunity for a positive change in their life trajectory. They recognize the need to find non-violent ways to manage their relationships with their intimate partner and their children. Culturally-appropriate intervention strategies that focus on developing relationships of equality and balance are needed.

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