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Factors associated with attitudes towards domestic violence against women: a comparative analysis of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In modern societies there is great concern with the incidents of domestic violence. The two Central Asian countries studied here, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, are no exception. However, there is a large difference between perceptions about domestic violence among females of the two countries. Ten percent of Kazakhstani women approve of domestic abuse by their intimate partners, while in Kyrgyzstan 36% of women do. The main objective of this study is to examine what factors are associated with acceptance of domestic abuse. This is done by comparing two countries with a common cultural and, until independence from the Soviet Union was gained in the early 1990s, political heritage. Thereafter, the two countries have pursued different economic development and political paths. The results show that overall economic performance, and implicitly the environment that enables this, has significant direct and indirect effects on females’ beliefs through shaping living standards and welfare. A considerable gap in economic performance of the two countries has developed since 1990; and poorer Kyrgyzstan is still strongly attached to its traditional social views and norms where women are treated as inferior to men.

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attitudes, domestic violence, household survey, logistic regression, Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203620DiVA: diva2:637094
Available from: 2013-07-16 Created: 2013-07-16 Last updated: 2013-07-16Bibliographically approved

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