Religious affiliation and religiosity : variations on the perceptions of domestic violence
As the rate of domestic violence hovers around 27% of violent crimes in the U.S., and approximately three million men and women are victims of domestic violence per year, it is apparent that this epidemic is still prevalent in our homes (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2007). Social scientists remain interested in risk factors and correlates of domestic violence even after more than three decades ·of research. One area of investigation is the correlation between religion and domestic violence. The factors related to religion which have been suggested to contribute to domestic violence include a patriarchal social structure and the socialization of gender-specific roles (Pagelow, 1984). This project's aim is to conduct analyses on perceptions of domestic violence held by different religions, and people of varying levels of religiosity.. Through secondary data analysis of the Perceptions of Homelessness and Domestic Violence Survey(Institute of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Central Florida, 2009), the research will evaluate the relationship between myth-based and empirically based domestic violence statements and the respondent's religious affiliation and religiosity. The project's hypotheses are that those of more conservative religions and of a higher level of religiosity will be more likely to endorse myth-based victim blaming statements. It is hoped that these conclusions will lead to a more thorough understanding of the implications of patriarchal beliefs and gender-specific roles customarily found in religious teachings.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Carey, Amelia Brooke, "Religious affiliation and religiosity : variations on the perceptions of domestic violence" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 981.