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Perceptions of domestic violence in a Chinese American community

Author: Yick, Alice G.; Agbayani-Siewert, Pauline
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Date 12/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume/Pages Vol 12(6): 832-846
Subject Matter Asian Pacific Islander
Abstract 16 male and 15 female Chinese adults were randomly selected using a 1995 telephone directory for the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. A telephone questionnaire on perceptions of domestic violence was administered. Respondents defined domestic violence as physical or sexual acts of aggression between spouses as opposed to psychological aggression. Chinese men and women did not agree with the use of violence in the home or that hitting is an effective problem-solving strategy. However, they tended to justify it in cases of self-defense and defense of a child. Domestic violence was attributed to individual and environmental factors. Minimal gender differences were found; however, age and length of residence in the US were significantly related to various perceptions of domestic violence. The cultural context of domestic violence and implications for social work interventions and research are discussed. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)