Juan Perez

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Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)

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Kilburn, John C.

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Luo, Fei

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Garcia, Joseph


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive public health issue that is unfortunately universal throughout different social groups and cultural contexts. The issue of IPV among Latino has recently caught the attention of researchers; however, studies pertaining to Latino men who have sex with men (LMSM) remain virtually unexplored. The objective of this thesis in sociology is to understand how disparities in ascribed and in achieved statuses among LMSM couples impact mechanisms of IPV, and if affective (e.g., emotional) and instrumental (e.g., financial) mechanisms shape the form and the severity of IPV. Furthermore, this thesis is aimed at filling a gap in the literature, identifying unique features of LMSM-IPV, and challenging misconceptions of LMSM-IPV. This thesis seeks to find how power dynamics are defined and expressed through disparities in ascribed and in achieved statuses among LMSM couples. This thesis’ core hypothesis is: differences in ascribed and in achieved statuses impact the form and severity IPV; furthermore, mechanisms of IPV may or may not mediate between the relationship between these disparities and aspects of IPV. Variables were analyzed using a binary logistic regression. The findings of this study indicate that only disparity of ascribed status and mechanisms of IPV were associated in severe IPV. These findings are important studies of IPV seldom focus on double minorities such as LMSM. Using these findings can help produce effective prevention and intervention programs that are inclusive and culturally sensitive to the needs of LMSM.