Conjugal violence in Korean American families: A residue of the cultural tradition

Jae Yop Kim, Kyu Taik Sung

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Abstract

The study explored the incidence of spouse abuse in Korean American families and interrelations between conjugal violence, marital power structure, stress, and socioeconomic and cultural factors. Rate of conjugal violence in these families is higher than those for other Asian American families. Data were collected from 256 families selected at random. In male dominant couples, rate of severe violence, wife beating, was four times higher than that of egalitarian couples. Husbands who experienced higher levels of stress had a greater rate of assaulting their wives. Wives in egalitarian and female dominant couples experienced a lower amount of stress and shared more decision-making power than did those in the male dominant couples. The longer the couples had been in the United States and the more American education they had received, the more egalitarian and female-dominant marital relations they tended to have. The residual influence of the traditional culture, in which they lived prior to immigration, is a factor suggesting why men were more abusive than women. Cultural differences associated with conjugal violence and needs for services are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-345
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec

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Asian Americans
Violence
Spouses
violence
wife
traditional culture
Spouse Abuse
socioeconomic factors
cultural factors
Domestic Violence
cultural difference
husband
spouse
Emigration and Immigration
immigration
incidence
abuse
Decision Making
decision making
Cohort Studies

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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