The purpose of the study was to
- examine dating violence among Latino adolescents over time
- evaluate the longitudinal patterns of co-occurring victimization (polyvictimization) for Latino victims of dating violence
- examine the predictors of victimization patterns to understand the influences on dating violence over time
- examine formal and informal help-seeking among Latino adolescents who experienced dating violence
- determine the subsequent psychosocial impact of dating violence
The Dating Violence among Latino Adolescents follow-up (DAVILA - II) study was designed to follow-up with parent and youth respondents from the DAVILA (ICPSR 34630) study about experiences that occurred after the baseline interview. Respondents who agreed to be re-contacted (n = 1,427) in the DAVILA study were eligible for the follow-up survey. The sample was mailed an advance letter and a reply form along with a pre-paid business reply envelope before data collection began. In total 576 respondents agreed to be re-interviewed. Interviews took place between February 14, 2013 and August 26, 2013. After a brief parent/caretaker survey, interviewers asked for permission to conduct the remainder of the survey with the child. After parent/caretaker consent was obtained, and the child came to the phone, the child was read the oral assent. Those who agreed proceeded with the child portion of the interview. Parents who completed the parent portion of the interview received a five dollar check and the child received a fifteen dollar check for completing the child portion of the interview.
The sample was recruited using the first wave of the DAVILA study from the 1,427 participants who agreed to be recontacted. This lead to a sample in the current study of 574 male and female adolescents.
Male and female Latino adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age who's parents had a land-line phone and participated in the first wave of the Dating Violence among Latino Adolescents.
The DAVILA - II study contains 796 variables. Adolescent participants were asked about abusive situations (physical, emotional and sexual) involving peers, adults, and dating partners experienced since the first interview. They were also asked about help-seeking behaviors involving school, doctors, police and others, and what types of help were received. The DAVILA-II study also incorporated cultural variables including Anglo orientation (acculturation) Latino orientation (enculturation), familism, immigrant status, in addition to variables related to social support.
The retention rate for the sample was 40.2%
The survey instruments included Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire (JVQ), Conflict Tactics Scale 2 - Short Form (CTS), Brief Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican-Americans II (Brief ARSMA), Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), Frequency of Delinquency Scale (FDS), Brown School Connectedness Scale (BSCS), Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS), and the Mexican American Cultural Values Scale for Adolescents and Adults (MACVSAA).