Kin Group Affiliation and Marital Violence Against Women in Ghana.

Abstract

The socialization of men and women in Ghana often confers either patrilineal or matrilineal rights, privileges, and responsibilities. Yet, previous studies that explored domestic and marital violence in sub-Saharan Africa, and Ghana, paid less attention to kin group affiliation and how the power dynamics within such groups affect marital violence. Using the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey and applying ordinary least squares (OLS) techniques, this study examined what influences physical, sexual, and emotional violence among matrilineal and patrilineal kin groups. Results indicate significant differences among matrilineal and patrilineal kin groups regarding marital violence. Socioeconomic variables that capture feminist and power theories were significantly related to sexual and emotional violence in matrilineal societies. Also, variables that tap both cultural and life course epistemologies of domestic violence were strongly related to physical, sexual, and emotional violence among married women in patrilineal kin groups. Policymakers must pay attention to kin group affiliation in designing policies aimed at reducing marital violence among Ghanaian women.

DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-15-00031

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@article{Sedziafa2016KinGA, title={Kin Group Affiliation and Marital Violence Against Women in Ghana.}, author={Alice Pearl Sedziafa and Eric Yeboah Tenkorang}, journal={Violence and victims}, year={2016}, volume={31 3}, pages={486-509} }