Beliefs about wife beating among Palestinian women from Israel: The effect of their endorsement of patriarchal ideology

Amarat Zaatut, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study examines the influence of patriarchal ideology on women's beliefs about wife beating. A convenience sample of 701 married Palestinian women from Israel was obtained, and a self-report questionnaire was administered. The findings revealed that large percentages of Palestinian women expressed some tendency to justify wife beating in certain instances. In addition, some of the participants expressed some tendency to blame battered women for violence against them, and to believe that they benefit from beating. As hypothesized, endorsing patriarchal ideology was found to influence all three beliefs about wife beating held by Palestinian women in Israel, over and above the amount of variance in the women’s socio-demographic characteristics (e.g. age, education, employment, place of residence, and religion). The limitations of the study as well as the implications of the results for future research are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)405-425
Number of pages21
JournalFeminism and Psychology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

Keywords

  • Arab women
  • Palestinian women
  • attitudes
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • patriarchy
  • violence against women
  • wife beating

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Beliefs about wife beating among Palestinian women from Israel: The effect of their endorsement of patriarchal ideology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this