Acculturation and Attitudes toward Violence among Latinos

Acculturation and Attitudes toward Violence among Latinos
Michele P. Bratina
April 2013

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-605-0 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 192 pages

Price   $67.00


Bratina studied a group of Latino males to examine how attitudes that endorse the use of violence are influenced by assimilation. The sample was partially derived from Social Networking Sites (SNS) including MySpace and Facebook. The primary expectation was that pro-violent attitudes would vary depending on level of assimilation. Bratina expected a significant positive relationship between highly assimilated Latinos and pro-violent attitudes. By-and-large, endorsement of violence was low among this overwhelmingly assimilated group; however, multivariate analyses revealed a different picture. Regardless of assimilation level, the most significant predictors of pro-violent attitudes included male superiority and perception of mistreatment by U.S. non-Latinos.

About the Author

Michele P. Bratina is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was the Forensic and Children’s Mental Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Her research interests include violence, criminological theory, mental health and the criminal justice system, and race, social structure, ethnicity and crime.