Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, PhD, and Elisheva Sadan, PhD, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Issues in Intervention with Battered Women in Collectivist Societies
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2008
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 1–13, January 2008
How to Cite
Haj-Yahia, M. M. and Sadan, E. (2008), Issues in Intervention with Battered Women in Collectivist Societies. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34: 1–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00049.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2008
Over the past three decades, several models for individual and group intervention with battered women have been developed. The common assumption underlying all of these models is that violence and abuse are never appropriate in an intimate relationship, and that battered women have a basic right to safety, which is not negotiable. Because almost all of those models were developed in the individualistic contexts of Western societies, some questions and concerns have been raised as to their suitability for intervention with battered women in collectivist contexts. In this article, we explore the characteristics of collectivist societies based on the conceptual framework of Triandis, Brislin, and Hui, (1988) which focuses on five dimensions: the self, attitudes, values, activities, and behaviors. Furthermore, we explore each of those dimensions and their relevance to various aspects of wife abuse in collectivist societies, such as the way that battered women cope with violence against them, and possibilities for professional intervention.