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|Title:||Religion and intimate partner violence in Chile: macro- and micro-level influences |
|Authors:||Lehrer, Evelyn Lilian|
Lehrer, Vivian L.
|Issue Date:||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|
|Persistent Identifier of the first edition:||urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090327394|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)|
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