Accessing and Recruiting a Community-Based Sample of Men of Mexican Origin to Explore Intimate Partner Violence

Bibiana M. Mancera, Angus Shiva Mungal, Joseph De Santis, Elias Provencio-Vasquez

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Introduction: Vulnerable populations are at greater risk for the burden of disease and negative health outcomes including alcohol abuse, high-risk sexual behavior, and intimate partner violence (IPV). Moreover, health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations are mediated by socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial factors. Risk factors for IPV perpetration are exacerbated by cultural and gender norms, particularly among men of Mexican origin. Purpose: To discuss research methods used in a community-based sample of men of Mexican origin and ways to overcome recruitment barriers through community engaged approaches. Discussion: Barriers can impede sampling, recruitment, and enrollment of vulnerable populations (e.g., IPV) but can be overcome. Strategies include: qualitative research methods, identifying key informants, and community engagement approaches, such as listening to the concerns of the community, incorporating the community’s knowledge to inform and improve the study, and building rapport to establish trust. Conclusion: Conducting research within vulnerable populations can be challenging but can be mitigated by incorporating multiple strategies. Thus, allowing researchers to gain access and valuable insight into traditionally underrepresented and understudied populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • community engagement
  • intimate partner violence
  • key informants
  • men of Mexican origin
  • vulnerable populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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