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Kposowa AJ, Aly Ezzat D. J. Interpers. Violence 2019; 34(12): 2525-2550.


Assiut University, Egypt.


(Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publishing)






Physical violence directed at women is a significant social and public health problem globally. Initial studies tended to concentrate on developed countries, often relying on clinical or shelter samples to assess incidence and prevalence. Although prevalence is critical, reducing or eliminating some problems also requires comprehension of cultural norms and expectations. In the present study, we use a population-based survey to understand factors contributing to attitudes in support of physical violence against married women. More specifically, the aim of the study was to investigate the impact of religiosity and social conservatism on acceptability of physical spousal violence in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Data utilized were derived from Wave 6 of the World Values Survey conducted in 2013. Bivariate and multivariate regression models were fitted to the data. It was found that religiosity was significantly associated with physical spousal violence (b = -123, t = -4.480). Individuals who attended more often were less apt to accept physical spousal violence. Social conservatism was strongly tied to approval of physical violence (b =.368, t = -4.115). It was concluded that culturally biased and patriarchal attitudes that devalue women in Egypt, instead of religion, may be the underlying reason for spousal abuse. It was also concluded that improving higher education for both men and women would reduce physical spousal violence.

© The Author(s) 2016.

Language: en


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