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The relationship between ethnicity and childhood and intimate partner emotional abuse
Child and intimate partner emotional abuse exists around the world. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of ethnicity on childhood and intimate partner emotional abuse. The independent variable for this study was ethnicity/race. This study examines which ethnicity out of the three examined (Asians, Latinos, Whites) had the highest rates of childhood and intimate partner emotional abuse. Primary data in the form of survey questionnaires were collected from 231 students, ages 18 and over from California State University, Los Angeles and California State University, Dominguez Hills. One-way ANOVAs and Tukey post-hoc tests showed no significant differences between ethnicities for childhood emotional abuse. However, there was a significant effect of ethnicity on intimate partner emotional abuse. Findings showed that Whites had a significantly higher rate of adult intimate partner emotional abuse than Asians and Latinos. This study also provides implications for social work practice and future research.