Putting context into a cultural perspective: Examining arab and jewish adolescents' judgments and reasoning about spousal retribution

Ronald O. Pitner, Ron Avi Astor, Rami Benbenishty, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Anat Zeira

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Abstract

In this study, we examined what contextual factors influence adolescents' judgments and reasoning about spousal retribution. Adolescents were drawn from Central and Northern Israel and consisted of 2,324 Arab and Jewish students (Grades 7-11). The study was set up in a 2 (Arab/Jewish respondent) × 2 (spousal retribution scenarios) factorial design. Our findings suggest that societal and cultural norms may be more powerful contextual variables than group stereotypes in influencing Arab and Jewish adolescents' evaluations of spousal retribution. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-602
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • culture
  • retribution
  • spousal violence
  • stereotypes

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