Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 647–654 | Cite as

Attitudes toward Domestic Violence in Korean and Vietnamese Immigrant Communities: Implications for Human Services

Original article


The present study examined the effects of gender, ethnicity, acculturation level, age, and education level of Korean and Vietnamese Americans on their attitudes toward domestic violence. The sample consisted of 229 Koreans and 184 Vietnamese, recruited from ethnic communities and college campuses in southern California. Participants completed a brief questionnaire, which included the Revised Attitudes toward Wife Abuse Scale (RAWA) and the Marin and Marin Acculturation Scale as well as demographic variables. Gender, education, and acculturation level emerged as significant predictors of attitudes toward domestic violence. More specifically, men as well as those who were less acculturated and less educated were more likely to endorse pro-violence attitudes. While there were no significant ethnic differences in the global attitude toward domestic violence between the two immigrant groups, there were specific inter-ethnic differences on select items of the RAWA scale.


Asian immigrant families Domestic violence Family violence Vietnamese immigrant families Korean immigrant families 



This research was supported in part by the Orange County Public Policy Grant from California State University, Fullerton. The authors thank Drs. Son Kim Vo and Pamela Oliver for their thoughtful comments and support for this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Master of Social Work ProgramCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Research and EvaluationParamount Unified School DistrictsParamountUSA

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