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Dowry and Spousal Physical Violence Against Women in Bangladesh
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell barnhälsa och nutrition/Persson)
2010 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 31, no 6, 830-856 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores whether payment issues or presence of dowry demand in marriage reflecting patriarchal attitude of marital family underlies the positive relationship between dowry and wife abuse using a sample of reproductive- age women (N = 2,702) from a population-based survey conducted in urban and rural Bangladesh in 2001. Regression results show that absence of dowry demand in marriage lowered the likelihood of physical wife abuse in the rural site and its frequency and severity in both sites compared with marriages where dowry was demanded and fully paid. The results suggest that in general, dowry demand predicts the extent, frequency, and severity of physical wife abuse regardless of the status of dowry payment. No payment of dowry increased the likelihood of abuse, its frequency, and severity in households demanding dowry. The direction of association between partial payment of dowry and violence, however, was different in different sites, calling for further research.

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2010. Vol. 31, no 6, 830-856 p.
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physical spousal violence, frequency of abuse, severity of abuse, patriarchy, dowry, bequest theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137793DOI: 10.1177/0192513X09357554ISI: 000277204900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137793DiVA: diva2:378538
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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