To date, no studies have investigated emotional abuse of adult Latina women by their mothers despite evidence that emotional maternal abuse may significantly contribute to the emotional abuse experienced by Latina women in their lifetime.
Cross-sectional data including 316 women was analyzed using mediation and logistic regression. Overall, 7.1 % of mothers and 24.1 % of daughters abused drugs; and, 19.5 % of daughters were emotionally abused by their mothers.
Mother's attachment to her daughter mediated the association between mother's drug abuse and emotionally abusing her adult daughter (indirect effect: 0.863). Latina women can serve as perpetrators of emotional abuse of their adult children. Since drug-abusing daughters are more likely to be victims of emotional abuse by their mothers and drug-abusing mothers are more likely to abuse their daughters, drug-rehabilitation practitioners should incorporate a family abuse component into rehabilitation programs.
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By: Kanamori M1, Weissman J2, De La Rosa M2, Trepka MJ2, Rojas P2, Cano MA3, Melton J2, Unterberger A4.
- 1Center for Research on U.S. Latinos HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street. AHC5 422, Miami, FL, 33199, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Center for Research on U.S. Latinos HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street. AHC5 422, Miami, FL, 33199, USA.
- 3Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA.
- 4Center for Labor Research and Studies, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA.
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