Reflections of Men of Mexican Origin: A Grounded Theory Study of Intimate Partner Violence Risk Factors

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

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a societal problem with many repercussions for the health care and judicial systems. In the United States, women of color are frequently affected by IPV and experience negative, physical, and mental ramifications. Increasing IPV perpetration and perpetration recurrence rates among men of Mexican origin (MMO) warrants a better understanding of unique risk factors that can only be described by these men. Qualitative studies regarding MMO and distinct IPV risk factors among this populace are few and infrequent. The purpose of this study was to describe IPV risk factors among men of MMO and to describe the process by which these men are able to overcome IPV perpetration risk factors. Fifty-six men of Mexican origin from a low-income housing community in far-west Texas were recruited for participation in audiotaped focus groups. Grounded theory (GT) methodology techniques were utilized to analyze, translate, and transcribe focus group data. Data collection ended when saturation occurred. Participants described risk factors for IPV. Emerging themes included: environment as a context, societal view of MMO, family of origin, normalcy, male and female contributing factors to IPV, and breaking through. Theme abstractions led to the midrange theory of Change Through Inspired Self-Reflection which describes the process of how MMO move from IPV perpetration to nonviolence. The results of the study provide insight on what MMO believe are IPV risk factors. There are implications for clinicians who provide services to MMO, and provide the impetus for future research among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1784-1798
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Machismo
  • Mexican American
  • culture
  • qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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