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NCJ Number: 64090 Find in a Library
Title: ATTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY IN A WIFE-ABUSE CONTEXT
Journal: VICTIMOLOGY  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(1979)  Pages:284-291
Author(s): D KALMUSS
Corporate Author: Visage Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Visage Press, Inc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY INVESTIGATES ONE PARTICULAR ATTITUDE TOWARD WIFE ABUSE--HOW INDIVIDUALS ATTRIBUTE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PARTICIPANTS--AND FINDS THAT THE ROLE-SEX CONFIGURATION IS AN IMPORTANT DETERMINANT.
Abstract: THE DATA FOR THIS STUDY, WHICH EXAMINES THE ATTITUDES OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TOWARD WIFE ABUSE, WERE DERIVED FROM A SURVEY OF 2 SAMPLES OF PERSONS 18 YEARS AND OLDER AND RESIDING IN THE DETROIT, MICH., STANDARD METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA. INTERVIEWS WERE MADE EITHER IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE, AND A MAIL-BACK QUESTIONNAIRE WAS OFFERED TO EACH RESPONDENT INTERVIEWED. THE ANALYSIS IS BASED ON A VIGNETTE IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE DEALING WITH A WIFE-ABUSE INCIDENT. THE ATTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY WAS EXAMINED ACROSS THREE SITUATIONAL VARIABLES: PAST PATTERN OF ABUSE, JUSTIFICATION OF THE ACT, AND SEVERITY OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ACT. FINDINGS SHOW THAT 73 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS ATTRIBUTE BLAME FOR THE INCIDENT TO THE ABUSER, WITH THE ATTRIBUTION INFLUENCED BY THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE ACT AND SEVERITY OF CONSEQUENCES. THERE FINDINGS SUGGEST A NEED FOR ATTITUDE CHANGE AMONG THE PUBLIC FOCUSING ON THE UNACCEPTABLENESS OF WIFE BEATING REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE DOCUMENTED REASONS THAT WOMEN STAY IN ABUSIVE SITUATIONS (LACK OF INDEPENDENT RESOURCES AND LEGAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES) COMPLEMENTED BY THIS INFORMATION, SHOW THAT AT THE LEVEL OF INTERNAL PROCESSES, ATTRIBUTIONAL PATTERNS MAY BE RELEVANT DETERMINANTS OF WHY WOMEN STAY. TABLES AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Female sex roles; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Victimology
Note: RESULTS OF RESEARCH CONDUCTED AS PART OF THE DETROIT AREA STUDY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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