Cohabitation And Marital Status: Their Relationship With Economic Resources And Intimate Partner Violence

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Leah Hamilton, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Household economic decisions have historically been viewed through a patriarchal lens; however, using empowerment theory, the effects and implications of economic resources in the lives of low-income individuals are being reexamined and reconstructed. No longer is it sufficient to view economic resources or intimate partner violence (IPV) from a one- dimensional perspective; a holistic, multi-dimensional approach examining the complexities of economic resources and IPV must be viewed from the inequities that arise from social, economic and cultural power imbalances. Research studies have traditionally examined the relationship between household income and only the physical abuse component of IPV. In more recent research, after controlling for income, household financial assets are also found to be associated with various measures of personal well-being. Yet little information is available regarding the correlation between income, financial assets and intimate partner violence. Given the importance of a variety of variables on a woman’s decision to leave an abusive relationship, it is important to examine these relationships. Data from a bi-state longitudinal study of 904 low-income individuals were used to assess the relationship between household assets and IPV outcomes. Findings indicate that personal income, assets in the form of savings, marital status, household composition, and housing status are significantly related to differential reports of IPV. Implications for this research are discussed.

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Shobe, Marcia & Christy, Kameri & Givens, Ashley & Jordan, Shikkiah & Hamilton, Leah & Murphy-Erby, Yvette. (2011). Cohabitation and Marital Status. The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review. 9. 203-220. 10.18848/1447-9508/CGP/v09i02/43147. Version of record available at: cohabitation-and-marital-status?category_id=common-ground-publishing
Language: English
Date: 2011
savings, marital status, personal income(s), social, economic, and cultural power imbalances

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