ERIC Number: EJ718038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 26
Attitudes and Beliefs About Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey. II Beliefs about Causes
Worden, Alissa Pollitz; Carlson, Bonnie E.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v20 n10 p1219-1243 Oct 2005
This report presents findings from a public opinion survey designed to measure beliefs about the causes of domestic violence (DV) based on telephone interviews with 1,200 residents across six New York State communities. Findings reveal substantial diversity and complexity among beliefs and interesting similarities and differences across open- and close-ended questions regarding explanations for partner abuse. Most respondents think about the causes of violence in the context of individual problems, relationships, and families, not as a problem with roots in our society or culture. Few believe that women are the cause of their own abuse, one fourth still believe that some women want to be abused, and most believe that women can end abusive relationships. Secondhand experiences with DV were associated with some beliefs about causes of abuse, and gender, age, education, and race were associated with certain beliefs in predictable ways.
Descriptors: Females, Public Opinion, Family Violence, Aggression, Interpersonal Relationship, Victims of Crime, Attitude Measures, Beliefs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New York