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Does female authority prevent male marital violence?: Evidence from rural Bangladesh
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6293-7101
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
2019 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518, article id 886260518801023Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

While relative resource status between husband and wife is widely discussed in the explanation of male marital violence (MMV) behaviors, the influence of relative family authority between husband and wife on the violence has been generally overlooked in previous studies. An examination can provide a better understanding of the issue. This study examined how various levels of female authority within the family are associated with MMV against women in rural Bangladesh. The study adopted a cross-sectional design and included 342 married men randomly selected from five northwest villages. Negative binomial regression was performed to predict the frequency of self-reported MMV behaviors in a 1-year recall period which estimated the ratios comparing absolute male authority to egalitarian authority within the family. Of the sample, 37.4% were the egalitarian/fair female authority, 41.2% were the higher male authority, and 21.4% were absolute male authority families; 71.1% of the men revealed that they had resorted to at least one incident of MMV (psychological or physical or sexual) against their wives in the year preceding the survey. The mean of yearly MMV occurrences was 6.29 ( SD = 7.58), ranging from 0 to 42. The study revealed that the frequency of MMV against women was 1.96 times higher among absolute male authority families than in egalitarian families. It further revealed that the frequency of psychological abuse was 1.63 times, physical attack 2.89 times, and sexual coercion 1.88 times higher among absolute male authority families than among egalitarian/fair female authority families. Higher male authority did not appear to be different from egalitarian authority in MMV occurrences. The study suggests that increased female authority within the family unit may prevent women from being exposed to MMV in a patriarchal social order.

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Sage Publications, 2019. article id 886260518801023
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Female family authority, Male marital violence, Rural Bangladesh
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Gender Studies
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Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82965DOI: 10.1177/0886260518801023PubMedID: 30261799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82965DiVA, id: diva2:1317781
Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-05-23

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