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Journal Article

Citation

Pinnewala P. Violence Against Women 2009; 15(1): 81-105.

Affiliation

Macquarie University.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/1077801208328005

PMID

19015391

Abstract

This article analyzes select psychological and social models to provide a new theoretical framework for South Asian women subjected to partner violence. It focuses on women's help-seeking behaviors and efforts to end violence. Analysis of the stress-coping paradigm, the ecological model, and the transtheoretical approach indicates the possibility of integrating their core constructs of cognitive, contextual, and process elements to provide a culturally relevant model for South Asia. Each model is reviewed from a Sri Lankan clinical perspective to discuss its relevance to South Asian women's experience with, and responses to, violence. This initial theoretical framework will need to undergo further comprehensive theorizing and rigorous empirical testing in different South Asian countries to assess its validity.

Language: en

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