GENDER EQUALITY AND VIOLENCE. DEX. WHY THIS ISSUE MERITS EXTRA ATTENTION. A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR PARTNER VIOLENCE BECAUSE IT IS SO PREVALENT, EVEN THOUGH THE EFFECT SIZE IS NOT LARGE THE EVIDENCE IS STRONG AN IMPORTANT SOCIAL GOAL, EVEN IF IT HAD NO EFFECT ON PARTNER VIOLENCE
They are not necessarily competing theories
Can be “additive”
Can interact, i.e. one can “moderate” the effect of the other
THREE SUB INDEXES AND AN OVERALL INDEX
What can you conclude from the red coefficients?
What can you conclude from the green coefficients?
1. High rates of PV regardless of equality
2. Little effect of Equality until the high half of equality
1. Low rates of PV
2. Equality has strong effect & reaches near zero
Shows how one aspect of society influences the effect of other aspects
RELATION OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF VIOLENCE TO EACH OTHER
r = .29
In society, In the family
Equality, Social Disorganization
Male dominance is an important cause, but it is only one of many causes
Illustrates the fact that even highly desirable social changes can have undesirable aspects
In many different national and cultural contexts
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