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When Status Hurts: Dimensions of Women's Status and Domestic Abuse in Rural Northern India
Authors: Elizabeth Mogford
Source: Violence Against Women, June 23, 2011 10778; Published online before print June 23, 2011, doi: 10.1177/1077801211412545
Topic(s): Domestic violence
Women's status
Country: Asia
Published: JUN 2011
Abstract: Abstract This study is a multiple logistic regression analysis of the relationship between dimensions of women’s status and domestic abuse in rural Uttar Pradesh, India, using the 1998-1999 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-2). Findings indicate that the effects of a woman’s status on her likelihood of experiencing abuse depend on the social realm within which status operates. Specifically, more “public” dimensions of status are associated with a greater probability of abuse, while “domestic” dimensions are protective. The findings are interpreted in terms of transitioning gender norms in Uttar Pradesh and provide clarity to the literature on the complex relationship between status and abuse.