Marital Violence Among Korean Elderly Couples: A Cultural Residue

Jae Yop Kim, Kyu Taik Sung

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This study examined the prevalence of marital violence among Korean elderly couples based on data from a national sample. Wife abuse was the most frequently manifested form of marital violence. Findings suggest that wife abuse has become a serious problem. Socioeconomic factors were not associated with wife abuse, suggesting that it was a universal phenomenon among Korean elderly males, not specific to a certain social class or group. Influences of traditional male-centered culture are suggested to be a major factor causing this serious lingering problem. Cultural traits associated with wife abuse and interventions needed for the prevention of wife abuse are disscussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-89
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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