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ERIC Number: EJ991889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Justification, Perception of Severity and Harm, and Criminalization of Wife Abuse in the Palestinian Society
Haj-Yahia, Muhammad M.; Wilson, Rula M.; Naqvi, Syed Agha M.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n10 p1932-1958 Jul 2012
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of Palestinian adults toward different dimensions of wife abuse. A cross-sectional survey, using a combination of self-administered questionnaires and interviews, was conducted among a systematic random sample of 624 adult Palestinian men and women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip (18 years or older). Study results indicated a strong tendency to justify wife beating in different situations, such as when the wife is perceived as having an affair with another man or as physically attacking her husband. Participants considered the following acts of husband's violence against wife as most severe: using a weapon (86%), having sex with the wife against her will (67%), and hitting her with his fist (57%). The majority of participants thought that wife beating should be considered a crime (82.3%). Traditional marital role expectations was the main significant predictor for all of the study criterion variables. Gender, place of residence, age, and marital status were significant predictors of some of the criterion variables. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Palestine