Religion and intimate partner violence in Chile: macro- and micro-level influences
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Religion and intimate partner violence in Chile
Abstract: 

The Catholic Church has had a strong influence on the Chilean legal and social landscape in ways that have adversely affected victims of intimate partner violence; e.g., it succeeded until just five years ago in blocking efforts to legalize divorce. At the same time, quantitative studies based on survey data from the United States and other countries show a generally favorable influence of religion on health and many other domains of life, including intimate partner violence. The present study explores the puzzle posed by these seemingly opposing macro- and micro-level forces. Results based on data from the 2005 Survey of Student Well-Being, a questionnaire on gender-based violence administered to students at a large public university in Chile, show that moderate or low levels of religiosity are associated with reduced vulnerability to violence, but high levels are not. This non-linearity sheds light on the puzzle, because at the macro level the religious views shaping Chile's legal and social environment have been extreme.

Author(s): 
Lehrer, Evelyn L.
Lehrer, Vivian L.
Krauss, Ramona C.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Social Science Research
Journal Abbreviation: 
Soc Sci Res
Publication Date: 
2009-09
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
635-643
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
0049-089X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 19856701

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Evelyn L. Lehrer, Vivian L. Lehrer and Ramona C. Krauss. 2009-09. "Religion and intimate partner violence in Chile: macro- and micro-level influences." Social Science Research 38: 3: 635-643.

Wikipedia Citation

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