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Annotated Bibliography



Rodriguez, R. (1998). "Clinical Interventions with Battered Migrant Farm Worker Women." In Jacquelyn C. Campbell (Ed.). Empowering Survivors of Abuse: Health Care for Battered Women and Their Children, 22, (pp. 271-279). Sage Publications. Language:

This chapter provides a description of the general conditions of migrant life as the foundation for understanding the scope of the problem of domestic violence faced by migrant farm worker women and their families. The author also provides information about the strategies that currently are being development to assist these migrant farm workers. Data regarding the presence of domestic violence in relationships among migrant workers have only recently become available. The development of the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) on Family Violence in 1994 has been primarily responsible for the data that have been generated to date. Building on the development of the PBRN, as well as the experiences of the Lideres Campesinas project in California and Unidos Against Domestic Violence in Wisconsin, a new project has been proposed that will create a truly comprehensive approach to practice, research and community outreach for domestic violence among migrant farm worker populations. The author envisions the creation of a safety net for battered migrant farm worker women that will extend beyond traditional health care and other institutional settings and into migrant communities and households. In this way, a woman will be assured of finding knowledgeable, caring individuals who can guide her to resources regardless of her circumstances.

Rodriguez, R. (1999). "The power of the collective: Battered migrant farmworker women creating safe space." Health Care for Women International, 20 (4), 417-426. Language: English

This article describes the use of participatory action research (PAR) methodology to address the problem of domestic violence among migrant farmworker (MFW) women in California. This article was the product of a variety of data sources (investigator’s observations, field notes, informal conversation, written stories from the women, and interviews) throughout a four-year period. The “power of the collective” is a central point in this article and is described as the development of a power base for battered MFW women to support and take care of one another. Additionally, several stories from two different women are presented.

Root, M. P. (1996). "Women of color and traumatic stress in “domestic captivity”: Gender and race as disempowering statuses." In A. J. Marsella, M. J. Friedman, Gerrety, E. & Scurfield, (Eds.) Ethnocultural Aspects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: I

This chapter provides an interesting historical analysis of the transformation of gender and ethnicity into class categories. It contains incidence data regarding different types of violence against women in African American, Southeast Asian, Native American, and Mexican American populations. The author cites Sorenson & Telles (1991) study that found similar rates of domestic violence between European Americans and Mexican Americans. Root also points out that a consistent finding in several studies reviewing the effects of specific traumatic events was that the degree of trauma was significantly different by ethnicity, with ethnic minority women (i.e. Latinas and African Americans) reporting higher levels of health consequences. The article provides ratios of women to men in terms of psychiatric diagnosis following violent trauma and contains an interesting discussion of barriers (structural, linguistic, economic, methodological, conceptual, and cultural) to conducting research on violence against women of color

Rouse, L. P. (1988). "Abuse in dating relationships: A comparison of Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics." Journal of College Student Development, 29, 312-319. Language: English

Incidence of experienced abused in dating was similar for Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics in this college student sample. Sex differences and types of abuse were also considered.