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Rural Remote Health. 2008 Jul-Sep;8(3):996. Epub 2008 Sep 25.

Attitudes of women toward intimate partner violence: a study of rural women in Nigeria.

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Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Social Medicine, Unit of Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Predictors of rural women's attitudes in Nigeria toward intimate partner violence (IPV) were investigated using a random sample of rural women (n = 3911) aged 15-49 years from the 2003 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). Findings were suggestive of social, religious, and cultural influences in the women's attitudes towards IPV. Women resident in the three northern regions, the South South region, Muslim women, women with low levels of education and low household wealth were more likely to tolerate IPV. This is reflective of the socio-economic disadvantages they face, as well as the cultural and religious restrictions imposed on these women.

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