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Isolation as a form of marital violence: The South Asian immigrant experience

TitleIsolation as a form of marital violence: The South Asian immigrant experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsAbraham, M
JournalJournal of Social Distress & the HomelessJournal of Social Distress & the Homeless
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number1053-0789
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2000-00115-004
Keywords*Domestic Violence, *Partner Abuse, *Social Isolation, Asians, Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior [3230], Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs), spousal & social & cultural isolation marital abuse, early 20s-late 50s Indian & Pakistani & Bangladeshi immigrant females, US, us
AbstractExamines isolation as an important factor in marital abuse among South Asian immigrant families in the US. 29 1st generation immigrant women (aged early 20s-late 50s) from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh completed interviews. The cases of 4 Ss show the 3 isolation levels of a woman's relationship with her spouse; social interaction with friends, relatives, and coworkers; and participation in the ethnic community. Most Ss reported receiving limited emotional and instrumental social support while in the abusive relationship. The lack of financial resources other than the husband exacerbated isolation and increased the abuser's power. Ss reported that traditional cultural views of gender were an additional barrier. For many Ss, isolation was among the most painful and disempowering aspects of the marital abuse. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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