Non-Traditional Wives With Traditional Husbands: Gender Ideology and Husband-to-Wife Physical Violence in Chinese Society

Adam Ka-Lok Cheung, Susanne Yuk-ping Choi

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Abstract

Feminist scholars have argued that husband gender traditionalism is one of the root causes of spousal violence against women. Using couple-level data from Hong Kong (N = 871 couples), this article argues that a second mechanism—couple gender value mismatch—also explains husband-to-wife physical assault. Our findings show that a husband’s gender traditionalism is positively associated with husband-to-wife physical assault only when the husband is coupled with a wife who has non-traditional gender attitudes. Similarly, egalitarian gender attitudes in wives are positively associated with husband-to-wife physical assault only when a non-traditional wife is coupled with a traditional husband.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1704-1724
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Gender Studies

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