Intimate partner violence among Hmong American men and women

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Intimate partner violence among Hmong American men and women

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This qualitative study utilized semi-structured interviews with 12 Hmong men and women regarding their experience of and explanations for intimate partner violence (IPV) in their marriages. Results from inductive thematic analysis indicated a range of IPV behaviors: (a) physical violence, (b) verbal threats, (c) legal recourse, (d) physical aggression, (e) manipulation and control and (f) sexual violence. The men were more likely to attribute IPV to situational anger and frustration, and the women, to personality. Behavior modification was the second leading explanation given by both groups. In addition, extra-marital affairs, polygyny and international marriages emerged as relational contexts salient to IPV. It is argued that both Coercive Controlling Violence and Situational Couple Violence were presented by the sample.


University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. December 2008. Major: Family Social Science. Advisors: Daniel F. Deztner, Ph.D., Zha Blong Xiong, Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 120 pages, appendices A-C.

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Rhodes, Pang Foua Yang. (2008). Intimate partner violence among Hmong American men and women. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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