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Study reveals dramatic changes in global attitudes toward domestic violence
Date:4/25/2013

a attitudes among both men and women changed in the wrong direction. During the period studied, the percentage of men and women rejecting domestic violence decreased in those countries.

Pierotti found that attitudes about the use of domestic violence changed significantly among all age groups. "Often it's the case that social change starts with younger people," she says. "But in this case, people of all ages became more rejecting of domestic violence."

She found that those who lived in urban areas, and who had more education, were more likely to reject wife beating than those who lived in rural areas and who had relatively less education. She also found that in many of the countries, those with access to newspapers, radio, and television were more likely to reject wife beating.

"The global spread of ideas about women's rights and the increasing international attention to the problem of violence against women may be contributing to the striking change in attitudes about this issue," says Pierotti. "But more research will be needed in order to confirm if this is really the reason."

Pierotti is the winner of a Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) Population Studies Center and this work was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.


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