This study examined the prevalence of marital violence among Korean elderly couples based on data from a national sample. Wife abuse was the most frequently manifested form of marital violence. Findings suggest that wife abuse has become a serious problem. Socioeconomic factors were not associated with wife abuse, suggesting that it was a universal phenomenon among Korean elderly males, not specific to a certain social class or group. Influences of traditional male-centered culture are suggested to be a major factor causing this serious lingering problem. Cultural traits associated with wife abuse and interventions needed for the prevention of wife abuse are disscussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Geriatrics and Gerontology