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Women's Autonomy and Support for Wife Beating: Findings From a Population-Based Survey in Jordan

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Abstract:

The aim of this study is to examine attitudes among married women toward wife beating and to investigate the hypothesis that female individual empowerment is associated with such attitudes within a broader context of societal patriarchy in Jordan. The study uses data from a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of married women (n = 5,390) conducted in 2002. Associations between acceptance of wife beating and several women's empowerment variables, including decision-making power, as well as other risk factors were assessed, using odds ratios from binary logistic regression models. The key finding is that the vast majority (87.5%) of Jordanian women believe that wife beating is justified in at least one hypothetical scenario, and justification is negatively associated with empowerment variables and some demographic, geographic, and socioeconomic factors.

Keywords: ATTITUDES; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; EMPOWERMENT; JORDAN; PATRIARCHY; VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.25.3.409

Publication date: 2010-06-01

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