Gender Role and Ideology and Male Violence Against Women

Jana L. Jasinski, University of Central Florida

A number of explanations have been offered to explain male violence against women. Cultural norms supporting unequal family power structures or traditional gender roles play a key role in many of these explanations and may help explain some of the variation in patterns of male violence. This study uses data from the first and second waves of the National Survey of Families and Households to examine the relationship between attitudes about appropriate gender roles and patterns of male physical violence in a sample of approximately 3,000 married and cohabiting couples. The results revealed that couples in which the female partner held more egalitarian attitudes and the male partner held less egalitarian attitudes were more likely to be persistently violent.

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