Influence of popular media on justification and perpetration of intimate partner violence in India: A multilevel perspective
Methods: Multilevel logistic regression was conducted using a large (n=20,478), nationally-representative sample to test the independent associations of individual and community-level media consumption with justification and perpetration of IPV among married men in India. Four different forms of media were examined.
Results: Individual and community-level media consumption variables were strongly associated with both IPV outcomes. Community-level media consumption variables showed greater associations with these outcomes than individual consumption. The direction of the relationships between media and IPV varied by type of media, and were often modified by the social context. There was no evidence that the relationships between media and IPV perpetration were mediated through violence justification.
Discussion: Contrary to common belief, popular media does not necessarily perpetuate gender stereotypes or promote perpetration of violence. Popular media may play an important role in shaping attitudes and behaviors around IPV. Studies that consider both individual and community measures can result in a richer understanding of how media influences IPV, and can inform effective interventions to mitigate violence experienced by women.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Compare the relationships between different types of media and IPV outcomes in India. Name three factors that modify associations between popular media and attitudes and behaviors around Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in India. Assess the value of empirical research on the public health outcomes of popular media consumption.
Keyword(s): Domestic Violence, Media
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