Sex Roles

, Volume 44, Issue 9–10, pp 599–610

Beliefs About Wife Beating Among Turkish College Students: The Effects of Patriarchy, Sexism, and Sex Differences

  • Nuray Sakall

DOI: 10.1023/A:1012295109711

Cite this article as:
Sakall, N. Sex Roles (2001) 44: 599. doi:10.1023/A:1012295109711


This paper describes how patriarchy, hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, and sex of participants influence Turkish College students' attitudes toward wife beating. Two hundred twenty-one Turkish undergraduate students from Middle East Technical University filled out questionnaires measuring attitudes toward wife beating, hostile and benevolent sexism, and support for patriarchy. Participants were from middle or high social classes, and from various region of Turkey. Results demonstrated that male participants exhibited more approval of wife beating than did female participants. Further, male participants who had more favorable attitudes toward patriarchy and who were high on hostile sexism viewed wife beating as more acceptable and blamed women for eliciting the violence. Regression analysis showed that patriarchy and hostile sexism predicted attitudes toward wife beating the best.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuray Sakall
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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