Frequency and types of partner violence among Mexican American college women

Ann L. Coker, Maureen Sanderson, Ethel Cantu, Debbie Huerta, Mary Kay Fadden

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Objective and Participants: The authors studied the prevalence of partner violence, by type, among Mexican American college women aged 18 to 35 years (N= 149; response rate = 85%). Results: Twelve percent of women who reported a dating partner in the past year were physically or sexually assaulted, 12.1% were stalked, and 9.1% scored as psychologically abused. Among those experiencing partner violence, almost half experienced stalking and 89% reported psychological abuse. Few women (25%) who experienced physical violence believed violence was a problem in their relationship. Conclusions: Partner violence was prevalent in this population, and participants experienced many forms of violence. Because few women experiencing physical violence report that violence is a problem in their relationship, interventions must address perceptions of violence and its impact on women's mental and physical health in college populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008


  • Battered women
  • College health
  • Domestic violence
  • Hispanic
  • Rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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