Beliefs about wife beating among social work students in Taiwan

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, April Chiung Tao Shen

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Abstract

Based on an integrative framework, this study addresses the beliefs that a group of social work students from Taiwan had about wife beating. A self-administered questionnaire was filled out by 790 students (76.5% female, 23.5% male) spanning all 4 years of undergraduate studies. The results show that male students exhibited a greater tendency than their female counterparts to justify wife beating and to hold battered women responsible for violence against them. This tendency was also found among students who held traditional attitudes toward women, students who held patriarchal expectations of marriage, and students who had witnessed interparental violence in childhood. In addition, male students and students with traditional attitudes toward women exhibited the strongest tendency to believe that wives benefit from beating. Conversely, female students expressed more willingness than their male counterparts to help battered women, as did students who held liberal attitudes toward women and students who held egalitarian expectations of marriage. Furthermore, female students and those with liberal attitudes toward women tended to hold violent husbands responsible for their behavior, and to express support for punishing violent husbands. This article concludes with a discussion of the study's limitations and the results' implications for future research on the topic.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1038-1062
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume61
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017

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Keywords

  • Taiwan
  • beliefs about wife beating
  • family violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • social work students
  • violence against women

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