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Gender‐Equitable Parental Decision Making and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration in Bangladesh

Semenza, Daniel C and Roof, Katherine A and James‐Hawkins, Laurie and Cheong, Yuk Fai and Naved, Ruchira T and Yount, Kathryn M (2019) 'Gender‐Equitable Parental Decision Making and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration in Bangladesh.' Journal of Marriage and Family. ISSN 0022-2445

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Objective This article examines the relationship between the exposure of men as children to gender‐equitable parental decision making and the potential for subsequent later life engagement in intimate partner violence (IPV) in Bangladesh. Background Although researchers have recently begun to explore multilevel influences on IPV perpetration, no studies have examined how decision making between parents at home and within the community relates to IPV perpetration in low-income settings. Drawing on a theoretical framework of gendered social learning, gender-equitable parental decision making may be an important protective factor against IPV. Method This study uses a random probability sample of 1,499 married men in Bangladesh. The main outcome is physical IPV perpetration in adulthood, whereas two exposure variables measure the equity of parental decision making in the man's childhood home and his current community. A series of two-level negative binomial models, controlling for pertinent individual- and community-level factors, are estimated. Results Exposure in childhood to more equitable decision making between parents is negatively associated with a man's physical IPV perpetration in adulthood. Gender‐equitable parental decision making within one's current community is not significantly associated with IPV. Conclusion Boys who grow up exposed to more equitable decision making between parents in the home may be less likely to engage in physical IPV perpetration as an adult.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision making, domestic violence, family well‐being, gender roles
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 13:22
Last Modified: 17 May 2020 01:00

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