Attitudes towards wife battering amongst South African police officers.

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dc.contributor.author Fisher, Catherine.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-29T13:47:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-29T13:47:19Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24508
dc.description A research report submitted to the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The study aimed to assess the hypothetical conditions under which battery is justified by a sample of 225 police officers within the Gauteng area and to explore how these justifications were related to sex role attitude, The study employed a questionnaire design with the "Justification of Abuse Scale" used to measure justification, the "Attitude Towards Women Scale" used to measure sex role attitude and additional demographic questions posed to subjects. The results showed that the majority of police officers are opposed to the use of physical force by a husband towards his wife, but that a substantial minority accept that there are situations in which beatings are justified. Two distinct factors emerged from a factor analysis computed on the justification scale. These factors were termed Major provocation (Factor 1) and Minor provocation (Factor 2) Sex role attitude was found to be significantly related to justification, with police officers holding traditional attitudes being less opposed to the use of physical force and police officers holding egalitarian attitudes being more opposed to the use of physical force by a husband towards his wife. The demographic variables that were found to be related to justification beliefs were: age, language group, years of service, rank and level of education. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Wife abuse -- South Africa. en_ZA
dc.subject Police -- South Africa -- Family relationships. en_ZA
dc.title Attitudes towards wife battering amongst South African police officers. en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian AC2018 en_ZA


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