Risk Factors for Domestic Violence Among Vietnamese and Cambodian Populations in the U.S.

Emiko A. Tajima, University of Washington
Tracy W. Harachi, University of Washington

Across the nation, immigrant and refugee populations have been increasing rapidly. These groups face numerous challenges following resettlement. Among the challenges are unfamiliar environments, new norms, social status changes, acculturation tensions, social isolation, and family conflict. Despite their growing number in the population, the literature on domestic violence among Southeast Asians in the U.S. is limited. Using data from the Cross-Cultural Families Project, the present study examines prevalence rates and predictors of domestic violence among Vietnamese and Cambodian populations. The Cross-Cultural Families Project is an on-going longitudinal study of Southeast Asian families (N=327). Data for the current analyses are derived from in-person interviews with female participants. Regression analyses investigate risk factors for domestic violence, including factors such as acculturation, attitudes towards marital violence, substance abuse, employment, and childhood exposure to domestic violence. Findings offer important implications for intervention and outreach to immigrant populations.

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