Preventing intimate partner violence among foreign-born Latinx mothers through relationship education during nurse home visiting

Qing Li*, Fernando Riosmena, Patricia A. Valverde, Shuo Zhou, Claudia Amura, Kerry A. Peterson, Vincent J. Palusci, Lynette Feder

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aims: This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of an augmented home visiting programme in preventing intimate partner violence among Latinx mothers by nativity.

Background: Intimate partner violence diminishes home visit programmes' effectiveness. Immigrant Latinx mothers are especially vulnerable and need culturally tailored prevention.

Methods: We performed secondary analyses of 33 US-born and 86 foreign-born Latinx mothers at baseline and 1- and 2-year follow-up in a longitudinal randomized controlled trial of the Nurse-Family Partnership programme augmented with nurse-delivered Within My Reach relationship education curriculum and violence screening and referrals in Oregon. We estimated proportional odds models via generalized estimating equations on total physical and sexual victimization and/or perpetration forms (an ordinal variable), adjusting for intervention, wave, age and education.

Results: The intervention–nativity interaction was not significant (p =.953). Foreign-born status was associated with lower reported violence at baseline (adjusted odds ratio: 0.29, 95% confidence interval: 0.13–0.67, p =.004). This association was marginally significant at 1-year follow-up (0.43, 0.17–1.08, p =.072) and not significant at 2-year follow-up (0.75, 0.33–1.67, p =.475).

Conclusions: This augmented programme was not effective for Latinx mothers by nativity. Their nativity gap diminished over time.

Implications for Nursing Management: Nursing leaders should support culturally tailored home visiting programmes to detect and prevent intimate partner violence affecting Latinx immigrants.

Clinical Trial Registration: This study is registered at NCT01811719. The full trial protocol can be accessed at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639-1647
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number6
Early online date16 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Leadership and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • immigrant Latinx health
  • intimate partner violence
  • maternal and child health nursing
  • nurse-delivered home visitation
  • randomized controlled trial
  • relationship education programmes


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