Attitudes towards intimate partner ‘honor’ based violence in India, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan

Lowe, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0001-9649-4938, Khan, Roxanne, Thanzami, Vanlal, Barzy, Mahsa and Karmaliani, Rozina (2018) Attitudes towards intimate partner ‘honor’ based violence in India, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 10 (4). pp. 283-292. ISSN 1759-6599

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Although intimate partner violence (IPV) and ‘honor’-based violence (HBV) are major concerns throughout the world, little research has investigated the acceptance of these forms of abuse outside of the West. This study therefore responds to this gap in the literature by exploring attitudes towards HBV in a fictional depiction of IPV across four Asian samples: India, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan. Participants (n=579) read a hypothetical scenario in which a husband, despite his own marital infidelity, verbally abuses and physically assaults his wife after discovering that she has been unfaithful. Participants then completed a questionnaire that assessed perceptions of damage to the husband’s honor, approval of intimate partner HBV against the wife, and perceptions of both the victim-wife and the perpetrator-husband. Findings revealed that more males than females, across all four nations, were endorsing of honor-adhering attitudes in response to the perceived threat to the husband’s reputation resulting from the wife’s infidelity. Additionally, of the four samples, Pakistani participants were the most approving and Malaysians least endorsing of honor-adhering attitudes. Results are discussed in relation to studies of honor-adherence in Asian populations. This study provides an original glimpse into the perceptions of intimate partner HBV in these not-often sampled nationalities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Author accepted version of paper published in Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research,© Emerald Publishing Limited 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘Honor’-based violence, intimate partner violence, perceptions, cultural factors
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 13:52
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 10:15
Identification Number: 10.1108/JACPR-09-2017-0324

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