Women’s Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence in Ethiopia: The Role of Social Norms in the Interview Context

Carlie D. Trott, Jennifer J. Harman, Michelle Kaufman

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Abstract

This study draws on a social norms framework to examine the influence of interview context—specifically the presence of other women and men—on women’s reported attitudes toward intimate partner violence (IPV) in Ethiopia, where IPV rates are among the highest in the world. The sample (16,515 women, ages 15-49) was taken from Ethiopia’s 2011 Demographic and Health Survey. Results showed the odds of women “justifying” IPV to be nearly twice as great when other women were present during the interview, and nearly half in the presence of men. Implications for more sensitive interview methodology are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1036
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)
  • intimate partner violence
  • social norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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