Title

Attitudes towards violence against women in men of South Asian ancestry: Are acculturation and gender role attitudes important factors?

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3463-5704

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Publication Title

Journal of Family Violence

Volume

22

Issue

1

First Page

25

Last Page

31

DOI

10.1007/s10896-006-9060-0

Keywords

South Asians, Violence against women

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes toward violence against women in men of South Asian ancestry. Studies conducted on other cultural groups have examined separately the influence of gender role attitudes and acculturation on violence against women. In the current study, we proposed that acculturation and attitudes towards violence against women were related through the mediation of gender role attitudes. One hundred male South Asian university students were administered questionnaires that measured their acculturation, gender role attitudes and attitudes towards wife beating. Results indicated that gender role attitudes fully mediated the relationship between acculturation and attitudes towards violence against women. This means that lower acculturation is only related to higher acceptance of wife assault because lower levels of acculturation are related to more restrictive and conservative beliefs about the roles of men and women. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.

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