Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Pa Der Vang, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW, LCSW


Social Work


The purpose of this study was to explore social factors related to domestic violence among Hmong adults. The formal hypothesis for this research was: Social factors are related to domestic violence among Hmong adults. A total of 43 Hmong male and female adults were drawn from the community of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. The age of respondents ranged from 18 to 60 years old. Recruitment was accomplished through snowball sampling.

The instrument used for this study was developed and designed by the researcher. A thirty-two survey questionnaire was divided into two sections. The first section was divided into five categories of social issues: educational, acculturation, relationship, and individual issues. The second section consisted of demographic opinion-type questions regarding social factors that were found to be related to domestic violence, using a Likert Scale ranking. Data was analyzed and frequency counts and percentages were calculated for the total group of respondents. The relationships between variables were calculated using cross-tabulation.

The results of the statistical analysis indicated that those individuals who were married early experienced more depression than those who married later. Also, couples who had more problems in their marriage reported more depression, and victims’ partners who are aware of domestic violence were the ones who controlled the relationship. The results did not show a statistically significant difference between family members who abused the victim or controlled their lives and other variables. Further research is needed to examine violence related to in-laws in the family.

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