Associations of Parental Monitoring and Violent Peers with Latino Youth Violence

Melissa Rios, Scott Friedlander, Yvonne Cardona, Glenn Flores, Rashmi Shetgiri

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This study aimed to examine the associations of parental monitoring and violent peers with violence among Latino youth, and whether these associations varied by acculturation. 133 adolescents were surveyed. Associations between parental monitoring, peer violence, and physical and non-physical violence were examined using bivariate and multivariable negative binomial regression. Multivariable analysis was stratified by age and acculturation. A path model examined whether peer violence mediated the relationship between parental monitoring and youth violence. Stratified analysis demonstrated that peer violence increased the risk of physical (RR = 1.24; 95% CI 1.02–1.20) and non-physical violence (RR = 1.32; 95% CI 1.08–1.62) for high-acculturated youth, whereas parental monitoring was protective for low-acculturated youth (physical RR = 0.88; 95% CI 0.78–0.99; non-physical RR = 0.80; 95% CI 0.68–0.93). In path analysis, low parental monitoring increased risk of involvement with violent peers, which was associated with increased risk of youth violence. Interventions may benefit from focusing on parental monitoring, peer violence, and tailoring by acculturation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Latino youth
  • Parental monitoring
  • Peer
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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