Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 533–542 | Cite as

The Relationship of Acculturation and Social Integration to Assaults on Intimate Partners Among Mexican American and Non-Mexican White Students

  • Ignacio Luis RamirezEmail author


This study examined the role that Mexican ethnicity, acculturation into Anglo American society, and social integration play in intimate partner violence among a sample of 348 college students. The results indicated that Mexican American ethnicity and acculturation into Anglo American society by Mexican American college students had no relation to intimate partner violence. However, integration into society was associated with a decreased probability of severely assaulting a partner among both Mexican Americans and Non-Mexican Whites. The results support a control theory perspective (social integration) on intimate partner violence.


Ethnicity Intimate partner violence Mexican American Social integration Acculturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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