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NCJ Number: 221883 Find in a Library
Title: Beliefs About Wife Beating Among Medical Students From Turkey
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:February 2008  Pages:119-133
Author(s): Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia; Aynur Uysal
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a self-administered questionnaire, this study examined 173 Turkish students' beliefs about wife-beating.
Abstract: Approximately three-fourths (75.8 percent) of the students expressed some level of agreement that "there is no excuse for a man to beat his wife;" however, between 4.5 and 38.7 percent of the participants expressed some level of agreement that in some cases or on some occasions wife-beating was justified. For example, 38.7 percent expressed some level of agreement that "a sexually unfaithful wife deserves to be beaten," and 13.9 percent indicated some level of agreement that "a woman who constantly disobeys her husband and doesn't listen to him is asking to be beaten." Also, there was some level of agreement that women benefited from beatings for between 3.5 percent and 5.3 percent of the students; and between 4.7 percent and 28.5 percent of the participants expressed some level of agreement that battered women were responsible for their beating. More favorable attitudes toward wife beating under various circumstances were related to support of a traditional patriarchal ideology and exposure to violence in one's family. These findings are consistent with social learning theory, which argues that violent behavior, along with attitudes and beliefs that support such behavior, are learned in various socialization processes that occur mainly in childhood and adolescence. The study was conducted with a convenience sample of 173 medical students (46 percent women) at a major university in Turkey. Students completed a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire that solicited information on background, beliefs about wife beating, attitudes toward women, marital role expectations, exposure to family violence, psychological symptoms, and family functioning. Details of study procedures and statistical analyses are provided. 4 tables and 44 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Domestic violence causes; Female sex roles; Foreign criminal justice research; Public Opinion of Crime; Turkey
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