The Role of Cultural Factors on Dating Aggression and Delinquency Among Latino Youth

J Interpers Violence. 2021 Feb;36(3-4):NP2137-2163NP. doi: 10.1177/0886260518755486. Epub 2018 Feb 15.


There is limited research comparatively evaluating delinquency and dating aggression among Latino youth. This analysis examines the rates and cultural correlates associated with delinquency and dating aggression among Latino youth using data from the Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents study. The study surveyed 1,525 Latino adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years about past-year dating aggression perpetration and delinquency. Dating aggression perpetration and delinquency rates and relative risk ratios are presented. Logistic regression analyses examined the role of cultural factors on the perpetration of dating aggression and delinquent behaviors. Results showed that cultural factors had differential influence on dating aggression versus delinquency. Specifically, victimization, acculturation, and familial support were associated with dating aggression whereas only victimization and familial support were associated with delinquency. The results provide guidance for intervention and prevention efforts with Latino youth, particularly on the need for cultural consideration and the supportive role family can play in addressing these behaviors.

Keywords: Hispanic; Latino; dating aggression; dating violence; delinquency; polyvictimization; victimization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Aggression
  • Bullying*
  • Child
  • Crime Victims*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence*
  • Risk Factors