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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Hispanic American men-Psychology, Family violence-Psychological aspects, Racism-United States, Object relations (Psychoanalysis), Klein, Melanie, Domestic violence (DV), Latino men, Object relations, Critical race theory (CRT), Kleinian theory, Theoretical


This theoretical thesis explores psychodynamic explanations for differing rates of domestic violence (DV) between Latino men born in the U.S. and Latino men who immigrated to the U.S. This study specifically focuses on DV in the form of intimate terrorism. Critical race theory and Klein's object relations theory are applied to Dr. Christauria G. Welland's case of Lorenzo to demonstrate how racism influences internal and interpersonal dynamics in DV relationships. The author encourages social workers to apply critical race theory to traditional psychodynamic theories for a more comprehensive case formulation, especially when working with Latino clients involved in a DV relationship.




ii, 48 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-48)