Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35438
Authors: 
Lehrer, Evelyn Lilian
Lehrer, Vivian L.
Krauss, Ramona
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4067
Abstract: 
The Catholic Church has had a strong influence on the Chilean legal and social landscape in ways that have adversely affected victims of intimate partner violence; e.g., it succeeded until just five years ago in blocking efforts to legalize divorce. At the same time, quantitative studies based on survey data from the United States and other countries show a generally favorable influence of religion on health and many other domains of life, including intimate partner violence. The present study explores the puzzle posed by these seemingly opposing macro- and micro- level forces. Results based on data from the 2005 Survey of Student Well-Being, a questionnaire on gender based violence administered to students at a large public university in Chile, show that moderate or low levels of religiosity are associated with reduced vulnerability to violence, but high levels are not. This non-linearity sheds light on the puzzle, because at the macro level the religious views shaping Chile's legal and social environment have been extreme.
Subjects: 
Intimate partner violence
religion
JEL: 
Z12
J12
J16
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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