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Young people’s understanding of domestic violence: evidence from a school based survey of Grade 6 and Grade 12 students in Indonesia

Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo, Ariane Utomo, Anna Reimondos, Peter McDonald, Terence H Hull

Abstract


International research has shown that more traditional gender role attitudes are associated with greater acceptance of domestic violence at both the societal and individual level. To date, most research has focused on the attitudes of adult men and women, and little is known about the role of gender role attitudes in shaping views on domestic violence among children. Children’s understanding about the behaviours surrounding and violence they see or experience in their home is important because their views will contribute to their behaviour later in life when they form families of their own. Using data from the 2010 Gender and Reproductive Health study, we investigate children’s’ understanding of domestic violence in four provinces of Indonesia. The analysis covers a sample of 1,772 students in Grade 6, and 6,502 students in Grade. For each grade we explore the direct and indirect role of gender role attitudes in predicting whether students classify the hypothetical scenario of a father verbally abusing a mother, and a father physically hitting a mother, as domestic violence. We find that more egalitarian gender role attitudes are associated with a significantly greater likelihood of identifying physical violence towards a mother as constituting domestic violence. 

Iwu Dwisetyani UTOMO, Fellow and HDR Convenor, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Coombs Building, Canberra,  ACT, 0200, Australia. E-mail: Iwu.Utomo@anu.edu.au.

Ariane UTOMO, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. E-mail: Ariane.Utomo@anu.edu.au.

Anna REIMONDOS, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Coombs Building, Canberra,  ACT, 0200, Australia. E-mail: Anna.Reimondos@anu.edu.au.

Peter MCDONALD, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. E-mail: Peter.Mcdonald@anu.edu.au.

Terence H. HULL, Professor, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Coombs Building, Canberra,  ACT, 0200, Australia. E-mail: terry.hull@anu.edu.au.

 


Keywords


domestic violence; school children; survey; Indonesia

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ISSN: 2035-5556

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