Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30322.
Women's “Justification” of Domestic Violence in Egypt
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 5, pages 1125–1140, December 2009
How to Cite
Yount, K. M. and Li, L. (2009), Women's “Justification” of Domestic Violence in Egypt. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 1125–1140. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00659.x
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
- domestic violence;
- family conflict;
We explored the influences of women's social learning, marital resources and constraints, and exposure to norms about women's family roles on their views about wife hitting or beating among 5,450 participants in the 2005 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey. One half justified wife hitting or beating for some reason. Women from rural areas who were exposed to domestic violence more often justified such acts. Dependent wives whose husbands had more schooling, were blood relatives, and were coresident more often justified such acts. In settings where women tended to marry at older ages, women less often justified such acts. Women's resources and constraints in marriage accounted for the largest share of the variability in their attitudes about domestic violence against women.