Cross-Cultural Differences in Student Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review

Zark, Laura and Satyen, Lata 2021, Cross-Cultural Differences in Student Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1177/1524838020985565.

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Title Cross-Cultural Differences in Student Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review
Author(s) Zark, Laura
Satyen, LataORCID iD for Satyen, Lata orcid.org/0000-0001-5385-4251
Journal name Trauma, Violence, & Abuse
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, ENg.
Publication date 2021-01-20
ISSN 1524-8380
1552-8324
Keyword(s) intimate partner violence
attitudes
students
culture
cross-cultural differences
Summary Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major human rights and public health problem which occurs at exceptionally high rates among tertiary students. Attitudes toward IPV are increasingly being recognized as a key risk factor for IPV and targeted in IPV prevention programs on college and university campuses. Understanding the influence of culture on attitudes toward IPV is necessary to change attitudes supportive of IPV and ultimately reduce the occurrence of IPV in the student population. This review sought to systematically identify, appraise, and synthesize research studies examining cross-cultural differences in attitudes toward IPV among tertiary students. A comprehensive search of nine electronic databases was conducted from inception to 15 May 2019. Studies were required to have compared attitudes toward IPV (e.g., acceptance or justification of IPV) among two or more cultural groups (based on country, race, or ethnicity) of tertiary students. Eighteen articles met eligibility criteria for the review, representing over 6,800 students. The studies provide considerable evidence that student attitudes toward IPV differ across cultures. Students in the United States and ethnic majority students in the United States generally showed less accepting attitudes toward IPV than their counterparts in other countries and ethnic minority groups. The particular contexts in which IPV is justified may reflect cultural values and norms. The findings have important implications for prevention and intervention strategies aimed at improving attitudes toward IPV among tertiary students.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1524838020985565
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Field of Research 1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
1801 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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