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Mass media exposure and attitude towards spousal violence in India

Mass media exposure and attitude towards spousal violence in India AbstractThis study analyzes the correlates of attitude towards spousal violence using nationally representative data from India's National Family Health Survey of 2005–2006. Amongst the socio-economic correlates, the focus of the analysis is on exposure to mass media. The results show that the association between attitude towards spousal violence and regular exposure to mass media varies across different media forms. Regular exposure to newspaper or magazines is associated with lower likelihood of women and men justifying wife-beating. Regular exposure to radio has statistically weak association with the attitude of women and men, and has mixed qualitative evidence for men. Regular exposure to television, the most popular amongst the three forms of mass media, does not have any significant association with women's attitude, and has some undesirable results for men. These findings indicate the desirability of enhancing access to print media, which is a challenging objective due to the fact that substantive proportion of women and men have no education. These results also highlight a need for comparative analysis of the qualitative contents of different forms of mass media in India. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Science Journal Taylor & Francis

Mass media exposure and attitude towards spousal violence in India

Social Science Journal , Volume 53 (4): 19 – Dec 1, 2016

Mass media exposure and attitude towards spousal violence in India

Social Science Journal , Volume 53 (4): 19 – Dec 1, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThis study analyzes the correlates of attitude towards spousal violence using nationally representative data from India's National Family Health Survey of 2005–2006. Amongst the socio-economic correlates, the focus of the analysis is on exposure to mass media. The results show that the association between attitude towards spousal violence and regular exposure to mass media varies across different media forms. Regular exposure to newspaper or magazines is associated with lower likelihood of women and men justifying wife-beating. Regular exposure to radio has statistically weak association with the attitude of women and men, and has mixed qualitative evidence for men. Regular exposure to television, the most popular amongst the three forms of mass media, does not have any significant association with women's attitude, and has some undesirable results for men. These findings indicate the desirability of enhancing access to print media, which is a challenging objective due to the fact that substantive proportion of women and men have no education. These results also highlight a need for comparative analysis of the qualitative contents of different forms of mass media in India.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Western Social Science Association
ISSN
1873-5355
eISSN
0362-3319
DOI
10.1016/j.soscij.2016.02.011
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Abstract

AbstractThis study analyzes the correlates of attitude towards spousal violence using nationally representative data from India's National Family Health Survey of 2005–2006. Amongst the socio-economic correlates, the focus of the analysis is on exposure to mass media. The results show that the association between attitude towards spousal violence and regular exposure to mass media varies across different media forms. Regular exposure to newspaper or magazines is associated with lower likelihood of women and men justifying wife-beating. Regular exposure to radio has statistically weak association with the attitude of women and men, and has mixed qualitative evidence for men. Regular exposure to television, the most popular amongst the three forms of mass media, does not have any significant association with women's attitude, and has some undesirable results for men. These findings indicate the desirability of enhancing access to print media, which is a challenging objective due to the fact that substantive proportion of women and men have no education. These results also highlight a need for comparative analysis of the qualitative contents of different forms of mass media in India.

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Social Science JournalTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2016

Keywords: Attitude towards spousal violence; Mass media; Gender; India

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