Attitudes of Palestinian Physicians Toward Wife Abuse: Their Definitions, Perceptions of Causes, and Perceptions of Appropriate Interventions

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Abstract

The article presents results from a larger survey, which examined the attitudes and perceptions of Palestinian physicians (N = 396) toward wife abuse. The instrument was a self-administered questionnaire, with open-ended questions in which participants expressed their definitions of wife abuse, their perceptions of the causes of wife abuse, and their perceptions of appropriate interventions with wife abuse. The relevance of the sociocultural contexts of Palestinian society in particular and Arab societies in general to the participants' responses is highlighted in the article. The limitations of the study as well as implications for theory development, future research, and professional training are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)376-399
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study was partially funded by the Ford Foundation, Cairo Branch, and conducted through the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Ramallah, The Palestinian Authority.

Keywords

  • Arab societies
  • Palestinian physicians
  • domestic violence
  • health settings
  • intimate partner violence
  • wife abuse

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